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Coherence

Intriguing indie sci-fi that makes the most of its small setting, before becoming a bit incoherent.


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30th Sep 2015

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The Drop

Another underwhelming, over-acted melodrama with Tom Hardy. Decent enough, but Tony Soprano can do better.


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29th Sep 2015

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Keith Richards Under The Influence

Stylish doc that avoids too much new-album promo, instead focussing on the legacy.


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29th Sep 2015

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Black Sea

Old-fashioned submarine thriller. Well put together with a great cast, but hardly full of surprises.


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19th Sep 2015

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It Might Get Loud

Stylish, but ultimately bog-standard guitar doc. You might rearrange your heroes after watching.


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30th Aug 2015

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Interstellar

Impeccably stylish but deeply flawed, sci-fi with some of the worst pacing ever. Someone reign Nolan in.


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25th Aug 2015

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Men, Women & Children

Thoughtful, high-spec indie from Jason Reitman. Nicely put together, but a little high-concept.


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16th Aug 2015

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Minions

Canny animated prequel, upping the tech style while cashing in on the banana-obsessed stars of the original.


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25th Jul 2015

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Ant-Man

Efficient Marvel shrinking antics in which that Paul Rudd that you like gets a cool suit from Michael Douglas.


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9th Jul 2015

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Luscious outlaw drama. Malick aspirations, hampered by pretensions and clumsy pacing.


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1st Jul 2015

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Fury

Stylish but muddled war clone, lacking the clarity of the classics. Star power pastes over the cracks.


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28th Jun 2015

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All This Mayhem

Paranoid, one-sided documentary showing an ugly slice of the 90s skate scene.


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5th Jun 2015

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The Woman In Black

Classic gothic ghost story. Thin, but well crafted with plenty of shocks.


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31st May 2015

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Beyond the Edge

Engaging, if workhorse, docu-drama about the first ascent of Everest. Spoiler alert - they make it.


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29th May 2015

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Tracks

Uneven Australian biopic. Beautifully shot, but overblown and self important without really earning it.


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17th May 2015

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180 Degrees South

Inspiring, earthy travel film, documenting a trip down to climb Patagonia's Corcovado mountain.


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17th May 2015

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At Sundance

Revealing 1995 Pixelvision documentary from Almereyda, featuring a time capsule of 90s indie cinema.


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15th May 2015

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The Motorcycle Diaries

Well realised period pic, with great art direction - but it's slow and un-engaging.


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14th May 2015

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Frances Ha

Meandering indie with a certain charm. Like a triple bill of minor Girls episodes directed by Woody Allen.


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10th May 2015

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American Sniper

Well acted war pic, let down by a fragmented narrative and heavy handed script.


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23rd Apr 2015

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Cinderella

Branagh's slick reworking of the original Disney pic is high on style, but low on charm.


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12th Apr 2015

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Northern Soul

Stylish, competent debut from Elaine Constantine - with a dull script written by the coming-of-age app.


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28th Mar 2015

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Supporting Characters

Old school indie, with a mumblecore edge. Solid concept and script, blandly executed.


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7th Mar 2015

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Brave

Well intentioned, but ultimately convoluted feminist Disney tale.


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7th Mar 2015

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Stylish, slightly left field 90s effort from Disney.


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21st Feb 2015

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Last Night

Inventive 90s Canadian indie about the end of the world. Filled with early appearances.


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15th Feb 2015

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Korengal

Worthwhile, but slightly less focussed follow up to the excellent Afghanistan doc 'Restrepo'.


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7th Feb 2015

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Mad Dog and Glory

Dated but decent, with an unusual premise. Plus dream team pairing of 90s DeNiro and Bill Murray.


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20th Jan 2015

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

If you like Wes Anderson, you'll love the ultimate Wes Anderson movie.


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17th Jan 2015

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Beauty and the Beast

Despite the praise and success, this Disney entry disappoints with it's design and storytelling.

Halliwell says: A return to top form by Disney, with excellent animation and a singable score. The picture has been credited with starting a new Hollywood fashion for animated musicals.***


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31st Dec 2014

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Ice Age

Dawn of the Dinosaurs

More action packed ice adventures, this time with added Simon Pegg. A plus for once.


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27th Dec 2014

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Cinderella

Disney's flashy re-tread of Snow White, missing some of the charm but pushing forward animation technique.

Halliwell says: A feature cartoon rather short on inspiration, though with all Disney's solid virtues. The mice are lively and the villainous cat the best character.**


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24th Dec 2014

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Tarzan

Reasonable late-era Disney, enhanced/dated by a flamboyant Phil Collins soundtrack.


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23rd Dec 2014

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The Kings of Summer

Promising debut feature. Schizophrenic, with lots of nice touches, but not entirely successful.


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24th Nov 2014

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Light-hearted sci-fi. Deftly handled, with a tone you rarely see these days.


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19th Nov 2014

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Artful, considered entry from the Coen Brothers. Stylish, but essentially pretty un-engaging.


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27th Oct 2014

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The Signal

Slick, trippy indie sci-fi that asks a lot of questions, before tripping a bit too far.


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20th Oct 2014

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Goodbye World

Peters Friends meets the apocalypse in this small-scale indie, occasionally boxed in by scope.


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17th Oct 2014

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Spike Island

Sentimental trample through "Stone Roses - The Musical." Engaging by default.


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13th Oct 2014

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Gone Girl

Intriguing but drawn out mystery, clinically rendered by David Fincher.


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10th Oct 2014

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American Hustle

Muddled, derivative dressing up nonsense. Missing the touch of Scorsese, but rescued by De Niro.


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9th Oct 2014

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Milius

Bombastic, star studded biography of one of the biggest characters in 70s Hollywood.


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29th Sep 2014

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Headhunters

Surprisingly breezy Norwegian crime drama, with a healthy dose of black humour.


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28th Sep 2014

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Chef

Entertaining, textbook Hollywood dramady with a few modern twists.


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20th Sep 2014

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Don Jon

Thoughtful, confident first movie from Joseph GL. Doing his best take on Jersey Shore as he navigates girls.


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20th Sep 2014

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Nebraska

Classical indie movie. Chained to the tripod, but anchored by some good performances.


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19th Sep 2014

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The Butler

Powerful race biopic, painted in broad brush strokes. Forrest Gump without the wit or subtlety.


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31st Aug 2014

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Drinking Buddies

Off hand improvisational mumblecore rom-com with solid performances and many charming moments.


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29th Aug 2014

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The Rover

Disappointing, drawn out second film from David Michôd. Style over substance and a dud turn from R Pat.


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27th Aug 2014

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Godzilla

Underwhelming monster pic that's surprising similar to the '98 model. The trailer promised a more suspense.


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24th Aug 2014

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