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Muppets Most Wanted

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

While not quite as good as the previous installment, there is still enough laughs in this flick to please children (and adults) of all ages. There are some nice in jokes, great songs, and the whole thing is just so wonderfully light hearted, that it is hard not to like even when it drags slightly at times.

A Long Way Down

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

What could have been a depressing look at four lost souls who go to take their own lifes, is actually a nice little comedy. All four cast are great, particularly Imogeen Poots who is hilarious. Manages to stay just the right side of sentimentality as well. A nice little watch in total.

Ride Along

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

While for the most part this comedy is short on laughs and does not really work, there are a few laughs and the two leads put so much effort into things, that it scrapes a second star. But after it's huge success I was expecting a lot more.

Need for Speed

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Enjoyable enough piece of nonsence with some good car chases. Does struggle badly with its overbloated 130 minutes running time, that means it is a bit a struggle to get through. Plus it falls between being all out fast and furious guilty pleasure and something a bit more serious. Aaron Paul does well with very little, but Michael Keaton just seems to be rambling incoherently for the most part.

The Zero Theorem

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really interesting science film this from Terry Gilliam. Has the usual flair and visuals, but also an excellent idea which looks at, for want of a better phrase, the meaning of life. Christoph Waltz is outstanding in the lead role, and given he is in almost every scene, his journey is what drives the film. David Thewlis as well is excellent and one small complaint is that there is not enough of him.

300: Rise of an Empire

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

While a perfectly acceptable watch, this sidequel is no where near the fun of the original. All the madness and black humour of the first film is gone and what is left is some dull scenes interspersed with good action. But an okay film on its own.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

While Wes Anderson's work can be hit and miss, and is certainly an acquired taste, this comedy is definitely a hit thanks to an outstanding leading perfomance from Ralph Fiennes and a hilarious script. Although very funny at places, still has a nicelt dark under current throughout which gets quite ominous near the end.

Her

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really engaging quirky little film this. Once you are on board with a film which has a man fall in love with his phone, its works together well and while there is plenty of humour never falls into silliness. Joaquin Phoenix is very good in a understated performance as the man in question, and Scarlett Johansson does well using only her voice. Kudos to, for both Amy Adams and Chris Pratt for their supporting roles, particularly Pratt who is great with limited screen time.

The Lego Movie

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Enjoyable childrens film that manages to appeal to adults as well, thanks to some great jokes and nice visuals. A great cast add great enjoyment to it and Will Arnett is hilarious as Batman.

Under the Skin

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

A really excellent film here, with an outstanding leading performance from Scarlett Johanson. Has some incredibly disturbing and unsettling scenes, and some visuals that are both stunning and creepy. Mixes some hidden footage in with scenes with actors to add an unpredicatbility to it all. But this film makes you think about exactly what is going on, and never really allows you to know what is going on. On contempletion it gets better as you realize what you have watched and think of the subject and tone. A real must see.

A New York Winter's Tale

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

While I can be a sucker for feel good cinema, this film is just too much for it's own good. Shows its "magical" hand way too early, and the film just seems silly all the way through as a result. Russel Crowe does a bad Irish accent and is given some of the worst dialogue of recent memory, and the rest of the great cast can do nothing with the cringe that goes throughout. Pity, as had they been more restrained, there might have been a good story here, but it is lost beneath all the mawkish.

Non-Stop

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

A complete and utter load of nonsence, but my goodness is this action film great fun. The more silly and over the top it goes (and does it ever), the straighter Liam Neeson plays it, and it all works teribly well. Julianne Moore gives great support as does a mostly unknown rest of the cast who make up the potential suspects. This film is almost the pure definition of a fun no-brainer.