Reviews

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      Kill the Messenger (7/10)


        I always felt Jeremy Renner to be a B-list actor who got lucky. The Hurt Locker was great, but I thought that was more down to the script and photography than Renner’s acting; Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was just a fun watch but too silly to remember, his role in The Avengers is fairly irrelevant, and The Bourne Legacy was just a disappointing movie all around.


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      Big Hero 6 (8/10)


        It starts out as and animated version of Real Steel with robot fights, followed by the introduction of a Scooby-Doo-like quest, but not before they throw in a bit of Pixar-like emotions to set everything up. And then away she goes – a great action movie for kids of all ages!


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      Timecrimes (6/10)


        A low-budget Spanish time travel mystery.

        If you have seen various time travel movies, be it a comedy like Back to the Future, an action movie like Looper, a sci-fi like Primer, or a love story like About Time, you’ll know that the fun or interesting bits come from paradoxes created by multiple timelines or realities.


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      Whiplash (8/10)


        An ambitious drummer goes to a prestigious conservatory where he meets an even more ambitious teacher. Which one of them turns out to be the bigger musical genious, the bigger egotistical maniac, or the arrogantly victorious hero in the end…?

        The script is very tight and narrowly focused – probably fair to call it myopic – on these two leads. All other characters are just there in support of strengthening the focus on the battle between these two characters.


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      Pride (8/10)


        There is a healthy sub-genre of British Cinema that celebrates the quirkiness of the Brits, their subcultures and their local communities. Combine that with a backdrop of economic hardship, an abundance of prejudice, and a dash of politics and you get a very funny movie like Pride.


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      The Theory of Everything (8.5/10)


        Let me first say it is a beautiful movie. A biopic about Stephen Hawking it is not however.

        I wasn’t expecting a science class, but I was expecting just a bit more of the scientific insights that make this man brilliant to come through in the movie – but they don’t. But, once you accept that and experience it as a romanticised story of the relationship between Hawking and his first wife Jane, it delivers.


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      Forbidden Planet (9.5/10)


        Sometimes a classic film comes from an unexpected place. Director Fred Wilcox had directed nothing of note before – “Lassie Comes Home” was his best known movie until this. The leading man in the movie is a young Leslie Nielsen, much better known decades later for his comedy role in the “Police Squad” series. From such unpromising soil sprang what is widely regarded as one of the finest science fiction movies of all time.


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      Ex Machina (8/10)


        This low-budget sci-fi movie is the directorial debut of Alex Garland, writer of “The Beach” and “28 Days”. It is a deceptively low-key film with just a few characters, and indeed could almost have been a play instead of a film.


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      Nightcrawler (7.5/10)


        Close… but no cigar…

        Nightcrawler is the story of Louis Bloom who by chance decides to work his way into filming accidents and crimes and selling the footage to the local news station.

        I enjoyed the movie. The story is ‘interesting’ in an American Psycho kind of way, the atmosphere is dark and the cinematography is pretty good.


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