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  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • Her
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Brokeback Mountain

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  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★½

  • Worth

    ★★★½

  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    ★★

  • A Boy Called Christmas

    ★★½

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  • 77 Minutes

    77 Minutes

    ½

    This should be example 1 for film students when studying documentary filmmaking for how to completely undermine a film's subject and any gravitas inherent to that subject. The director's incessant need to be in the film, his grubby lines of questioning and the sheer shoddiness of the film's construction make this a contender for the worst film of its year.

  • Falling

    Falling

    ★★½

    There's much in the structure and some of the characterisation in Falling that manages to emerge from the page to be able to see that Mortensen as writer and director has something. What lets him down is his inability to get anything out of his actors to bring any sense of understanding as to why this family remain in any sense connected to this abomination of a patriarch. Henricksen flaps around on screen in a cantankerous, maniacally one-dimensional turn that…

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★

    Ingenuity can come in a variety of forms. Sometimes it is in the guise of the story being told or the perspective and voice being presented. At others it's through the form or the way the form is manipulated. In the world of animation, it's been clear over time that stylistically, the studios which have succeeded have been distinctly individual in their representation and design. A Disney film is usually clearly identifiable as is the work of Ghibli or Aardman…

  • Fast & Furious

    Fast & Furious

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Pitting the team up against the drug lord, Arturo Braga (John Ortiz), Dominic (Vin Diesel) and O'Conner (Paul Walker) join forces to bring down the drug cartel whilst also avenging the murder of Dominic's girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Through a series of "necessary" street races, the plot to bring it all tumbling down gets set into motion.

    Despite the slickness of its set pieces, there is an absolute dearth of credibility to this entry into the franchise. With no substance…