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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Stupidly fun adaption of one Mark Millar's more enjoyable recent works that retains he sense of fun and lunacy from the first Kick-Ass that was missing from its sequel. You will need to get past the over the top product placement though.

Inherent Vice

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Phoenix and Anderson combine in this 70's California set stoner film noir. You're never really sure what's plot, what's real, and what's imagined but it all sure is shot beautifully. At well over two hours, even when it's over, you'll ask yourself has really ended? Might need repeated viewings to really get it, daddio.

The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

After two over long films, The Hobbit trilogy is completed with the most entertaining entry. With the characters and backstory already introduced, the various threads are all wrapped up, including nods to the coming events in The Lord of the Rings.

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