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Nightcrawler

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Gyllenhaal delivers a career-best performance as Bloom, a fast thinking man looking to take advantage of any situation to make a quick buck, even death. After encountering an accident on the street at night, and seeing a camera crew recording the footage for broadcast news, he enters the world of nightcrawling - monitoring police broadcasts for reports of incidents, then driving recklessly to record it. As he descends further into the violence in his city, he moves from recording the incidents to creating them.

Interstellar

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Nolan tries to teach advanced physics with a meandering tale of an astronaut father caught between saving the entire human race and wanting to return to Earth to see his now daughter who has aged while he was away due to light speed, gravity, relativity and science. It never reaches the accessibility of Nolan's previous works, and suffers with its length and overriding score.

The Imitation Game

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Excellent retelling of the story of how an unlikeable maths professor based in Bletchley Park helped win the war for England, and the allies. Cumberbatch is superb in the lead role, ably assisted by Good and Knightley in supporting roles.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Marvel's most ambitious movie to date, with an uproven (at this level) director, two CGI members in the main cast, and two more relative unknowns alongside a veteran of the sci-fi genre. And it works so very well! Star Lord is a scoundrel in the Han Solo mode, you forget Rocket is a talking racoon, and Groot conveys more emotion with three words than most actors can in an entire script. One of the highlights of the summer, and proof positive that Marvel can pretty much do nothing wrong right now.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

in the fourth outing, it feels like Bay is just trodding a well worn path. Bad guy, good guys, a battle along a crowded city street, some slow-motion photography, rotate the camera about a fixed point, Optimus delivers a speech, fade to black.

The Inbetweeners 2

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

In what amounts to a feature length episode of the series, Jay has relocated to Australia (but not to find his ex girlfriend, who he rarely thinks about any more) and the three remaining inbetweeners decide to visit him and spend some time down under. After Will has reconnected with an old school friend, this leads to some of the familiar humour from the series, and the first film. While it's not as good as their first outing, it's still a welcome addition to the series, and hopefully not the last we see of the four friends.

Godzilla

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

successfully wipes out the memory of the mid-90's abomination and introduces Godzilla as a protector, rather than a destroyer. Minor distracting subplots aside, there are a scenes here that are proof positive that he really is the King of Monsters

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

return to form for the director, and the series, fixing the mess that was X-Men 3 and passing the baton over to the First Class cast. The post credit scene hints at the next film, featuring one of my favourite X-Men villains

Edge of Tomorrow

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Coming off as a mix between Groundhog Day and Independence Day, Edge of Tomorrow is a solid summer blockbuster. Despite its parentage, there's still some original ideas here as Cruise goes from weapons salesman to skilled soldier. Throw in some excellent CG, and support from Blunt and Gleeson, and you have a sci fi actioner well worth the price of admission

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

really should be 3.5. It's better than a 3 but I can't quite give it a 4. It's a slight improvement on the first installment in the planned "Amazing" trilogy (franchise?) and you can see where they're going with it, but it still falls short of the high water water mark of the second Sam Raimi film. electro isn't a particularly convincing villain, nor are his reasons for becoming a villain once he acquires his powers, and the green goblin shows up too late to be considered the "main" villain of the piece. Peter and Gwen's relationship, and Peter's memories of her late father are given the majority of the screen time here, and the continuing sub-plot of what happened to his parents continues to develop at a snail's pace. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for incremental development, but tectonic plates have moved faster than this particular thread! The final battle is impressive, even if the overuse of CG does make it resemble the intro to one of the recent Spider-Man games. But overall I couldn't shake the impression that the whole 120+ minutes is just a prelude to the already announced third installment in two years, plus the two spin offs - Venom and The Sinister Six Presumably the infamous black costume will appear in ASM 3

Noah

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

disctintly grim retelling of the bible story. Instead of the friend to animals you might remember from religion class or mass, he's a man who carries the weight of having to wipe out the human population on the orders of an unseen creator.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

continues on from Iron Man 3 in that it's a thriler set in the "real world" that just happens to have super heroes in it. You could easily imagine the same film, with the same plot, without Captain America, being set right now, and it would still be awesome. Despite being more than two hours long, it belts along at a fair pace, always building to the next peak of excitement before the relentless last 30 minutes or so. Easily ranks alongside the first Iron Man as the top "stand along" movie in the Marvel Universe, possibly even rivalling The Avengers for the top spot. And we still have Guardians of the Galaxy to come, Marvel with these movies you are really spoiling us!