Reviews

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      The Water Diviner (4/10)


        Now how best to describe this directorial debut of Russell Crowe… A pretentious hotchpotch or a melodramatic mishmash?

        Connor (Crowe) is the water diviner, an Australian farmer with the gift to find things deep under the soil. At his farm, he uses this rare skill to find water in drought-stricken Victoria. When his three sons join the battle of Gallipoli in 1919 they die amongst thousands of other ANZAC soldiers. Guilted into action by his wife, Connor travels to Turkey to use his special skill to find the bodies of his sons so he can bring them home for a proper burial.


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      Lilting (6/10)


        Junn is a Cambodian-Chinese mother who has lived in England for years but doesn’t speak any English. She is upset with her son Kai who has put her in a retirement home instead of having her live with him. But Kai is too afraid to tell her he is gay and living with his boyfriend Richard.


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      Enemy (4/10)


        Despite its mainstream lead, this is an arthouse movie. And a boring one unfortunately… It’s hard to describe why without spoilers – it is one of those movie that needs analysis during and after viewing to make sense.


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      The Riot Club (5/10)


        Apparently the Riot Club is (loosely?) based on the real-life Oxford Bullingdon Club, which has had some (in)famous members like PM David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson. It’s that kind of background that brings a level of interest to the movie: the first half or so the boys do an excellent job portraying themselves as proudly priviliged and spoilt twats that you love to hate. And that makes you wonder whether such people and behaviour still exists in the upper echelons of the British social hierarchy.


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      Taken 3 (4/10)


        I remember Liam Neeson saying a couple of years ago: ‘Taken 3? I don’t think there’ll be a Taken 3. She can’t get taken again, that’s just bad parenting’. But Taken 3 did happen. Kim does get taken again. And it is bad parenting indeed.

        It is also a bad movie unfortunately.


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      Frank (5/10)


        Michael Fassbender does quite a good job acting in this movie, especially considering he spends most of it hiding in a paper mache head. And that fake head things isn’t as gimmicky and annoying as I had feared when first hearing about this movie.

        But that big fake head can’t hide the fact that it is a fairly non-eventful movie.


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      Warrior (7/10)


        The major weakness of this movie is that the underdog-to-heroes plot is utterly predictable. Yet I would say it is a recommended watch if you enjoy fight movies. I rank it well above the classic Rocky in any case.


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      Fury (6/10)


        Fury is visually very impressive. Technically speaking, the cinematography, editing and soundstage are excellent, and seeing this on a big 4K screen with 7.1 surround is fantastic. Lots of pin sharp scenes whilst the thumping of shells is all around you.


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      X + Y (7/10)


        Morgan Matthews’ low budget film follows a teenage boy, Nathan Ellis, who is autistic but has considerable talent for mathematics.

        This is a surprisingly engaging little film, which probably cost about 1% of an X Men blockbuster but is more worthy of your time.


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      Starred Up (8/10)


        Jack O’Connell plays Eric, a 19 year old convict, who gets ‘starred up’ – meaning he gets ‘promoted’ from juvenile detention to adult prison – in his case 2 years early due to his extremely violent behaviour.

        There is no other backstory – we join when Eric arrives in the new prison and experience first hand how he endures and persists in this prison – the same one his father has already been in for 14 years.


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