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Pride (8/10)

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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)

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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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Ex Machina (8/10)

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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)

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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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Zodiac (8/10)

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A long, somewhat clinical approach to the story of the Zodiac Killer by David Fincher. At the same time it builds good depth in the main characters, and it does not get boring despite is 2.5 hour running time.

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I Origins (6/10)

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I suspect Brit Marling makes some well-considered choices about what she gets involved in. Mike Cahill also directed her in Another Earth (2011) and I feel a bit the same about both movies: interesting premise, but somewhat frustratingly they don’t quite deliver.

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Celda 211 (7/10)

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A solid Spanish prison drama. The storyline may not be exceptionally original, but it delivers the premise needed for the actors to do their work: the acting is good and keeps you engaged all the way through.

There are some caricature prisoners (many of the extras were actual convicts rather than actors) but that doesn’t spoil the story or the overall experience.

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Tracks (5/10)

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A true story about a strong independent Australian woman on a mission. Except, she isn’t really on a mission. Actually, there is no significance to her journey at all. And along the way, pretty much nothing happens either.

Shots of camels, grumpy girl, more camels, more grumpy girl, desert, more grumpy girl, more camels, more desert…

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The Kings of Summer (7/10)

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A quirky and sweet coming of age tale. It starts off a bit slowly, and there aren’t really any surprises or twists, but it is in the end simply a fun flick. Enjoy it for the overall experience, not for the details of the storyline. The three leads are doing a great job and especially Moises Arias is cast well as the weirdo – I felt he came across much better here than for instance in Ender’s Game; not easy as his role is completely over the top yet he makes it feel natural. Nick Offerman also is on good form here. Watch it to relive every teenage boy’s dream of escaping from their parents. And why most actually never do.

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