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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Ever since Iron Man came out in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has revolved around the Avengers.  From origin stories to questionable sequels, Marvel has made a mint from this group of superheroes and now, six years later, the studio has something new to offer. Guardians of the Galaxy is […]

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Kill me again Edge of Tomorrow is a clever and initially entertaining and witty high concept sci-fi actioner in which concept is really more important than action. How much can mortal combat really matter, after all, when the hero is caught in a time warp he escapes from by getting killed? […]

The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)
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The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

Re-writing history is one of the things we do best. We do it every day, but at the grand end of the scale entire events have been excised or spun nefariously in different directions. Stepping into Forrest Gump’s shoes, The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared […]

Set Fire To The Stars (2014)
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Set Fire To The Stars (2014)

Based on the time, in the 1950s, when an aspiring poet, John M. Brinnin (played by Elijah Wood), brought Dylan Thomas (played here by Celyn Jones) to America, Set Fire To The Stars is a damn sight better than you might expect it to be. Shot in gorgeous black and white, […]

The Fat and The Angry (2014)
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The Fat and The Angry (2014)

As one of the unintentional blunders of Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014, director Johan Renck’s Swedish language television epic The Fat and The Angry became lost in translation after a subtitle problem left dissatisfied punters leaving in droves. However, as testament to Renck’s gritty noir, several people (including myself) returned […]

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)
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Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

AKA Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky. I’m a big fan of director Michel Gondry. His imagination and visual style may not always lead to perfect results, but his work is always interesting. In this documentary he chats away to Noam Chomsky, the celebrated […]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)
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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

With his traditional yet physical style of comedy, he is known as the ‘funniest man in Sweden’.  He is renowned for his imitations of politicians, celebrities and sports personalities.  Yet, chances are that, unless you are from Sweden, you probably have never heard of Robert Gustafsson.  But with the release […]

Life After Beth (2014)
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Life After Beth (2014)

Life After Beth is a film that very much feels as if it wants to have its cake and eat it. Or, perhaps, replace cake with brains. It will end up tagged as yet another zom-rom-com when it doesn’t really deserve to be lumped in with others of that ilk. […]

Greyhawk (2014)
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Greyhawk (2014)

Alec Newman stars as a blind veteran, Mal, in this interesting, tense drama that shows just what can be done with a simple premise and one or two memorable characters. When I first heard about Greyhawk I also heard that it had a bit of a Harry Brown vibe to it. While […]

Uncertain Terms (2014)
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Uncertain Terms (2014)

Director Nathan Silver has been doing some good work for a few years now. I was impressed by Exit Elena back in 2012, which meant that I was looking forward to seeing how he’d developed with Uncertain Terms. Unfortunately, this feels like a bit of a step back. It’s not that it’s […]