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Black Mass

Boring, meandering re-tread of The Departed. Wannabe Scorcese, with a typically OTT Johnny Depp.


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19th Oct 2016

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The Big Short

Smart-ass financial drama. OTT Bale, reasonable turn from Pitt, Reynolds steals the show.


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2nd Oct 2016

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The Day After

Terrifying post-nuclear drama. Dated to the mood of its era, but still effectively realistic.


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30th Sep 2016

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Room

Intense indie drama. Pacing is a little lopsided, but the sentiment and strong performances carry it through.


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24th Sep 2016

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Steve Jobs

Electrifying script, captivating performances and effortless, accomplished direction. Outstanding.


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18th Sep 2016

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Magnum Force

It's only episode 2, but it's Dirty-Harry-by-numbers. Luckily those numbers still add up to something.

Halliwell says: Toned-down sequel to Dirty Harry; the violence is still there but the hero no longer commits it.


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18th Sep 2016

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Pete's Dragon

Superior kids movie. ET meets King Kong. Bit slow, but ten times deeper than the wafer thin original.


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1st Sep 2016

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Keeping Rosy

Half baked British thriller. Some decent ideas, but it's all a bit studenty.


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28th Aug 2016

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Pan

Another disastrous Peter Pan reboot. Nonsensical gibberish, trying to capture some Baz Luhrmann weirdness.


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18th Aug 2016

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Dope

Super sharp teen movie, bursting with style and originality and loaded with an impeccable soundtrack.


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17th Aug 2016

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Beginners

Thoughtful, creative, mainstream indie from Mike Mills. Lovingly performed and put together.


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8th Aug 2016

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20,000 Days on Earth

Pretty standard music promo from Nick Cave - extended to feature, executed with superior style.


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3rd Aug 2016

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Self/Less

Modern tut, disposing with the style of 'Seconds', science of 'Primer' and even the action of 'Face/Off'.


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3rd Aug 2016

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Contact

Ambitious 90s sci-fi. Not entirely successful, but it has a seriousness and scale that's rarely seen today.


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2nd Aug 2016

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Everest

Tension free wander up and down the mountain. Everybody plays it worthy, only Gyllenhaal vaguely impresses.


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23rd Jul 2016

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Rogue Nation

Collection of tired Hitchcockian set pieces, with very little tying them together.


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11th Jul 2016

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Samsara

It's familiar ground , but this Baraka sequel hypnotises with embarrassing images of poverty and consumerism.


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26th Jun 2016

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Macbeth

Ambitious, arty, sumptuous take on the old classic. I still got a bit lost but Fassbender remains entrancing.


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18th Jun 2016

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Monsters Dark Continent

Money grabbing sequel that ups production value and bypasses the charm of the original.


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9th Jun 2016

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Legend

Tom Hardy gives two 1-note performances in this dull, derivative Goodfellas wannabe.


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9th Jun 2016

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Trainwreck

Enjoyable modern comedy, but it'sĀ bloated by improv and missing the magic ingredient. And no Paul Rudd.


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29th May 2016

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Southpaw

Cookie cutter boxing pic that can't decide if it's ripping off Rockie, Raging Bull or Million Dollar Baby.


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8th May 2016

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101 Dalmatians

Dated effort from 60s Disney, sacrificing production value for cheap gags.

Halliwell says: Disney's last really splendid feature cartoon, with the old flexible style cleverly modernized and plenty of invention and detail in the story line. The London backgrounds are especially nicely judged.**


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8th May 2016

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Surprisingly straight adaptation from Vinterberg. Shapeless, but with a few nice moments.


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7th May 2016

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48 Hours

Dated buddy cop movie that wrote many of today's movie cliches. Dated, but still brutal and funny.


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16th Apr 2016

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The Gift

Indie Cape Fear. Intense and solidly handled, but it's all a bit one-note.


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15th Apr 2016

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The Pledge

Remarkably restrained turn from Jack Nicholson in a decent but dated 00s thriller. Sean Penn directs.


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6th Apr 2016

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Jurassic World

Aliens x Jaws 3D in this derivative, gimmick-heavy, CGI-bloated reboot. Chris Pratt keeps it real.


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1st Apr 2016

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Inside Out

Intense emotional rollercoaster, with Pixar's Pete Doctor perfectly navigating a complex concept.


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26th Mar 2016

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San Andreas

Even The Rock can't avert this disaster. Earthquakes have never involved such little jeopardy.


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21st Mar 2016

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Knight of Cups

Incredibly shot, but there's a lot of slow walking and one-note improv. Best on a Bill Viola level.


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18th Mar 2016

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Son of a Gun

Text book Aussie crime pic. Hoons, cars, guns - gripping and full of decent turns.


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10th Mar 2016

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Amy

Mundane biopic. Nicely put together with no talking heads - but it's not particularly interesting or inspiring.


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9th Mar 2016

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Terminator Genisys

Could have been the BTTF2 of the series. Good concept, poor script, bad casting and appalling CGI.


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5th Mar 2016

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Ant-Man

That Paul Rudd that we like gets a shot at super hero status. Solid enough, but not particularly remarkable.


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3rd Feb 2016

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Spectre

Tension-free, cliche-ridden, cgi enhanced nonsense with terrible casting. Back to the Roger Moore era.


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3rd Feb 2016

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Steve Jobs

Mesmerising biopic anchored by an electrifying script, transparent direction and great performances.


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3rd Feb 2016

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The Revenant

Brutal survivalist western. Magnificently ambitious and suffering only from being a little uneven.


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22nd Jan 2016

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Cobain Montage of Heck

Unconventional doc that manages to put an interesting spin on an otherwise downbeat subject.


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16th Jan 2016

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Get Hard

Paper thin movie from Will Ferrell on autopilot. On the wrong side of borderline offensive.


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15th Jan 2016

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Sicario

Immensely stylish, accomplished DEA procedural, full of great performances. Like Traffic on drugs.


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31st Dec 2015

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Avengers Age of Ultron

Superhero clusterfuck. Cinematic, but overstuffed and riddled with dumb, cartoony CGI fluff.


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31st Dec 2015

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Life of Crime

Standard Jennifer Aniston-does-indie flick. Forgettable, despite being a Jackie Brown prequel.


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26th Dec 2015

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The Incredibles

Decent Pixar effort that's lost a bit of its shine with age.


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21st Dec 2015

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Star Wars

The Force Awakens

Stylish remix, successfully handing the series over to a new gen of fans and characters.


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19th Dec 2015

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Body of Lies

Expensive, glossy thriller that's trying to be gritty. Muddled and forgettable. Classic Ridley Scott.


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17th Dec 2015

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Focus

Surprise free Con-artist-by-numbers pic. They even use the Thomas Crown Affair theme. Mildly entertaining.


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15th Dec 2015

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Greenberg

Accomplished indie that's getting better with age. Rich, 3D characters and performances.


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5th Dec 2015

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Force Majeure

Clinically executed, Kubrickian Euro drama. Intriguing concept, but it's all a bit lifeless.


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4th Dec 2015

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Austin to Boston

Road-movie-concept music doc. Good on paper, but contrived, self-important and superficial.


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2nd Dec 2015

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