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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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Rust and Bone

Complex French indie favourite that fails to completely engage.


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17th Aug 2014

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Saving Mr Banks

Forgettable, plodding Mary Poppins-related biography. Full of stars, but a bit low on magic.


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16th Aug 2014

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The Fisher King

Erratic, wacky morality tale from Terry Gilliam. Uneven, but elevated hugely by Bridges & Williams.

Halliwell says: Enjoyable more for its director's extravagances than for its attempt at modern myth-making, and finally too diffuse to be taken seriously.**


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12th Aug 2014

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Not Waving But Drowning

Decent debut from Devyn Waitt, capturing a solid old school 90s indie vibe.


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2nd Aug 2014

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Captain America

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Solid sequel that manages to stay away from too much CGI hokum for a 70s vibe.


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2nd Aug 2014

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Love

Interesting low-budget sci fi, that has much to offer despite the ambition outstripping the execution in places.


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29th Jul 2014

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Medium Cool

Confident genre-bending 60s cult classic, that's running a little low on plot.

Halliwell says: Stimulating if overlong comment on the quality of life in the sixties, immaculately made and with a rather effective though obvious twist ending.**


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28th Jul 2014

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Under The Skin

ScarJo plays the David Bowie role in Jonathan Glazer's unflinchingly old-fashioned sci-fi.


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28th Jun 2014

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Sightseers

Confident, genre warping black comedy from Ben Wheatley. Not very likeable characters though.


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23rd Jun 2014

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What Maisie Knew

Interesting, well performed indie take on bringing up a child …that jumps the shark at the end.


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21st Jun 2014

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Enemy

Ominous, enjoyably pretentious theatrical Lynchian waffle. With double introspection duty from Jake Gylenhaal.


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17th Jun 2014

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The Wolverine

Competent but forgettable solo super hero action. Was expecting a bit more from James Mangold.


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13th Jun 2014

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Breathe In

Close-to-the-bone, occasionally ponderous midlife crisis drama from the Terrence Mallick of mumblecore.


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1st Jun 2014

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Folkie sofasurfer Oscar Isaac crosses 60s NY trying to save a cat/make it/not sell out. Moody Coens.


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27th May 2014

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Cuban Fury

Warm salsa romcom reshuffle of the Flashdance model with Nick Frost and Rashida Jones. No surprises.


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21st May 2014

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The Killing Fields

A political powerhouse subject, let down by plodding execution and shapeless direction.

Halliwell says: Brilliantly filmed, but probably too strong for a commercial audience to stomach, this true adventure tosses one into the horror of modern war and leaves one reeling despite its comparatively happy ending.***


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16th May 2014

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Incendies

Intense French-Canadian-Middle-Eastern political drama which burns slowly and winds up tighter and tighter.


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16th May 2014

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Pain & Gain

Occasionally amusing muscle-comedy from Michael Bay. Could do with more comedy and less running time.


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5th May 2014

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Monsters University

Old School meets Muppets in this Pixar prequel. Needed more Frank the Tank.


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20th Apr 2014

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Solid coming of age drama, with a great early 90s soundtrack.


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5th Apr 2014

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Drinking Buddies

Post-mumblecore romcom full of microbrewery beer, plaid shirts, beards, Jagjaguwar tunes and more beer.


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31st Mar 2014

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence returns to fight The Man in the ongoing pro-revolution blockbuster.


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31st Mar 2014

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The Inside Man

Tricksy Spike Lee bank heist joint with solid perfs and fun touches.


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29th Mar 2014

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House Of Cards S2

Solid OTT politicking from a great Kevin Spacey, let down by some shaggy side stories.


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6th Mar 2014

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Sound City

Sentimental doc from Dave Grohl, looking back to better times. Trent Reznor disagrees, but still shows up.


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4th Mar 2014

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Hitchcock

Enjoyable bio showing how much Alma Reville (Mrs H) worked behind the scenes to cut Psycho into shape.


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31st Jan 2014

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Salinger

Fascinating, surprisingly action-packed biography of one of the teenage chimpomatic's major heroes.


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30th Jan 2014

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The Trip

Subdued, prototype Coogan/Brydon pseudo doc, peppered with top gags. Reviewed here in US movie formation.


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26th Jan 2014

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Oblivion

Engaging, original sci-fi. Competently made and solidly realised, but somehow ringing a little hollow.


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25th Jan 2014

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The Voices

Intense, thought provoking black comedy, with a seriously dark underbelly.


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23rd Jan 2014

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Young Ones

Uneven indie sci fi from Jake Paltrow with much to recommend. #Nowaterworld


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19th Jan 2014

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Surprisingly watchable sci-fi, despite the near-parody casting. But then I'm no Trekkie.


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11th Jan 2014

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Bachelorette

Almost edgy female take on The Hangover, with some actual depth.


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28th Dec 2013

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Public Enemies

Sluggish biopic with shoddy cinematography and a lot of wasted potential amongst the style.


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27th Dec 2013

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