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The Double

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

What could have a run of the mill, doppleganger comes into a person's life story, is actually a really dark and enjoyable film that is led by a terrific performance from Jesse Eisenberg. Taking the strange choice of no one noticing that there are two people who look exactly the same, with different names, the whole thing takes on a nicely creepy tone that leaves you not knowing what way the film will turn next. A nice little surprise.

The Monuments Men

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

While very well acted and excellently made, this is solid but disappointing fun. Difficult to judge if this lukewarm response if due to the fact that it is not the romp it is being advertised as. Is very slow moving at times and never really clicks. But what gives it three stars is the aforementioned cast who all do well, some with limited screen time.

Cuban Fury

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

One of the best pure feel good comedies I have seen in a long time. The laughs just keep coming and it is just a lovely film throughout. Chris O'Dowd is great as the villian of the piece and Rashida Jones is as usual both funny and beautiful. But real praise has to go to Nick Frost who is great as the lovable underdog.

The Armstrong Lie

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really enthralling documentary that looks at the career and then scandal in the life of Lance Armstrong. Although it is warts and all, and never tries to show Armstrong in a good light, somehow makes it not seem just like a character assasination that it could have been.

Dallas Buyers Club

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Matthew McConaughey is simply outstanding in this drama that looks at the HIV crisis in the mid eighties. He manages to make what should be a loathsome character, likable as he goes on his journey. Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner give great support and amazingly it never gets over sentimental at any stage.

Lone Survivor

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really good war film based on a true story. Takes the time to build up the main charcters nicely, and when the action does come it is fairly brutal and prolonged. The cast are all great and Mark Wahlberg in particular in top form.

RoboCop

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

I really tried to go into this with an open mind, but it really does not work at all. All the good elements from the original has been removed, the action is pretty awful and the camera does not stay still for two seconds. The Cast plug away, and Samuel Jackson is fun in an extended cameo, but it can't save this dull action offering.

Out of the Furnace

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

While the performances are all excellent, this film is good, but you can't help feeling it should have been a lot better. Hard to put a finger on why that is, but the storyline just does not compel and the whole thing is so dour and bleak, that it is difficult to feel sympathy for any of the characters. So good, but not great.

That Awkward Moment

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

While this comedy is very lightweight and not laugh out loud funny consistently, the likable cast manages to pull the film off to a nicely watchable level. So nothing memorable, but there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half.

I, Frankenstein

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

While I really wanted to like this, it really is awful stuff. Can't even say it's a no brainer guilty pleasure, mainly because the film is so po faced. The cast do their best (and its a great cast), but the script is a mess, the effects ropey and tonally it is all wrong.

Grudge Match

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Silly, silly nonsence, but still very enjoyable nonsence. All the great actors are in on the joke and all are having a great time. The actual fight is pretty well put together as well.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Another excellent effort from the Coen brothers. A look at a troubled folk singer in 1961 is funny and heartbreaking in equal measures throughout. While the lead character is the not the nicest bloke in the world, there is still something very likable about him that keeps you intersted throughout. The music is excellent, and like with most Coen brothers films there are no easy answers. Great effort.