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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's 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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Good Kill

Thoughtful, but ultimately heavy-handed drone pilot drama.


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2nd Dec 2015

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Kajaki

Well intentioned, but surprisingly tension-free, shapeless Brit land mine pic.


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26th Nov 2015

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Wild

Kaleidoscopic self-discovery wilderness pic that could do with a map. Not unlike Into The Wild.


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18th Nov 2015

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Inherent Vice

Derivative, badly cast, impenetrable private dick pic. Meticulously made, but it's a bit pretentious.


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18th Nov 2015

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Ex Machina

Self conscious, pretentious Brit sci-fi that acts a lot more mysterious and enigmatic than it really is.


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8th Nov 2015

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It Follows

Intense, stylish, post-modern horror. Beautifully directed. Drive meets Halloween.


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3rd Nov 2015

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Back In Time

The story of the BTTF trilogy. More of a celebration than any kind of revealing doc.


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29th Oct 2015

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Manson Family Vacation

Confident, small scale indie with input from the Duplass brothers.


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29th Oct 2015

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Instrument

Sprawling collage, documenting over a decade of life inside Fugazi. Arty, and intense, just like the band.


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25th Oct 2015

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Friday Night Lights

Solid dry run that set the tone for the long form TV epic. Get 'er done.


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22nd Oct 2015

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The Theory of Everything

Bog-standard biopic, revealing very little explanation or insight. Poorly crafted too.


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21st Oct 2015

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The Disappearance Of Alice Creed

Focussed British indie thriller. Twisty, but somehow not that memorable.


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17th Oct 2015

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Zabriskie Point

Meandering, liberal arthouse pic from 69/70. It must have seemed a lot more topical at the time.

Halliwell says: Highly self-indulgent and unattractive fantasy about escape from the crudities of our over-civilised world. An expensive failure and an awful warning of what happens if you give an arty director carte blanche.


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16th Oct 2015

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Project Almanac

MTV presents a Primer clone for the teenage generation. A found footage angle dilutes things further.


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16th Oct 2015

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What We Do In The Shadows

Chuckle-a-minute vampire documentary. Perfectly pitched and performed.


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15th Oct 2015

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Unbroken

Self-important, tedious cookie cutter bio. Unfortunately, even Roger Deakins’ cinematography is forgettable.


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14th Oct 2015

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The Color of Money

Overlooked gem from Scorsese’s doldrums. Heavy on film school tricks and filled with good turns.

Halliwell says: Slackly told but consistently enjoyable adventures of Fast Eddie Felson in his older age.**


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8th Oct 2015

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Almost Famous

Like an Allman Brothers jam, this has tons of personality and moments of greatness but is way too long.


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8th Oct 2015

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St Vincent

Charming @BiIIMurray vehicle. If you've read the logline you've pretty much seen the movie.


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4th Oct 2015

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