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American Sniper

American Sniper
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 134 min
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman

Eastwood, noted for his kinship with the common soldier, is the ideal director for this true-life drama based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Cooper). Cooper continues to be impressive but the film unravels when it shows Kyle's home life, failing to engage with either marital or wider political issues.

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Annie

Annie
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 118 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Will Gluck
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne

Annie (Wallis) leads a group of multi-racial foster kids in Harlem; when grumpy magnate Will Stacks (Foxx) saves her from being run over, he's persuaded to become her guardian. Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) has real screen presence, but it's largely forgettable.

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Ex Machina

Ex Machina
  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK/US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Ambitious young coder Caleb (Gleeson) wins a competition to take part in a research experiment at the hmoe of his CEO (Isaac) – where he meets the experiment itself, robot Ava (Vikander). The ensuing battle of the sexes is played out through dramatic, witty and provocative discussion, making for smart, accessible and relevant sci-fi.

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The Gambler

The Gambler
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman

Jim (Wahlberg) is a literature professor with a gambling addiction, whose debts get him the attention of threatening bookie Frank (Goodman). Effective remake of James Toback's 1974 original with an exceptional turn from Wahlberg, although the female roles (including Lange as Jim's icy mother) are underdeveloped.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore

Carving the final book in the Hunger Games series into two movies pays off, giving rhythm to a story that might otherwise have felt rushed. Action and politics are confidently balanced, Sutherland is deliciously vile as ever, Hutcherson is finally given something interesting to do and while Lawrence is rightly the star, the older actors are a pleasure.

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK/USA
  • 113 min
  • Directed by: Morten Tyldum
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

Historical drama about Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), father of modern computer science; how he and a team of codebreakers figured out how to beat the German Enigma machine during WWII, and his tragically early death. Triumphant slice of British heritage drama, with great emotional force and a touching performance from Cumberbatch.

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 124 min
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp

Disney's long-in-the-making adaptation of Sondheim and Lapine's musical, in which a clutch of fairytale characters help a baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) lift a curse which prevents them from having a baby. Despite some great moments, the story drags; if you're a fan it's likely to please, but it won't win anyone else over.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • 2015
  • UK
  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine

A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.

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Mortdecai

Mortdecai
  • 1 star
  • 2015
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: David Koepp
  • Written by: Kyril Bonfiglioli (novel)
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Bettany, Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt, Ulrich Thomsen

Devious bounder Charlie Mortdecai (Depp), together with faithful Cockney manservant Jock (Bettany), becomes embroiled in a kooky con involving art forgery. This thoroughly unamusing spoof of a 60s caper flick features projectile vomiting and boob jokes instead of comedy.

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A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 125 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: JC Chandor
  • Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks

New York City, 1981: Abel (Isaac) is a businessman who's married into dirty money, but who's determined to remain legit even as his rivals are circling. Deliberately confounding the clichés of crime movies, Chandor controls the film with real poise. Isaac is compelling and intriguing, but Chastain steals the show as his swaggering, confident wife.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • Directed by: Shawn Levy
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson

Former museum nightwatchman Larry (Stiller), now a manager at New York's Museum of Natural History, goes to London to rekindle a magical object. Stiller looks bored, and despite some refreshing cameos and the last, shining glimpse of Williams, it's so laboured and lousy it makes you want to punch yourself in the face.

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Paddington

Paddington
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Paul King
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins

The story of an illegal immigrant from Peru and his efforts to be integrated into British society. He's a bear, by the way. Whishaw imbues the CGI Paddington with immense charm, the rest of the cast are excellent and the exuberant direction and smart, knowing script make for a genuine delight.

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The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins of Madagascar
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
  • Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare

The espionage-savvy penguins team up with an interspecies special forces group, to tangle with octopus/scientist Dr Octavius Brine (Malkovich). The knockabout style offers few chances for genuine drama and the result is a lighthearted, frenetic but rather unimaginative romp, a step down from the psychedelic wit of Europe's Most Wanted.

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Taken 3

Taken 3
  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • Directed by: Olivier Megaton
  • Written by: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker

Bryan Mills (Neeson), ex-CIA operative, arrives at his apartment to find his ex-wife (Janssen) dead and himself framed for the crime. The third instalment of this increasingly creaky franchise feels as dozy as a pensioner in the midday sun; the fights and pile-ups are fine, but the characters are almost an afterthought.

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Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth
  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 129 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Kent
  • Cast: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton

Vera (Vikander) is a wilful and intelligent English girl; when her friend Victor (Morgan), fiancé Roland (Harington) and brother Edward (Egerton) go off to fight in WW I, she follows them to be a nurse. Sparing and respectful adaptation of Brittain's 1933 memoir; tasteful rather than innovative, it still packs a punch.

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 123 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Jones) lock eyes at a university party, but their budding love affair is given a blow by his diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Redmayne is astonishingly good and Jones inspires sympathy and admiration, but the script is never really convincing.

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Whiplash

Whiplash
  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Melissa Benoist

Andrew (Teller) is an aspiring jazz drummer at Shaffer Conservatory, who falls under the influence of terrifying conductor/instructor Terence Fletcher (Simmons). Teller thrives as the obsessively determined Andrew, and lifelong supporting actor Simmons emerges with formidable authority as the psychotically particular Fletcher. Riveting, audaciously edited and voraciously performed.

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Wild

Wild
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • USA
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski

After the death of her free-spirited mother (Dern), a young woman (Witherspoon) decides to hike 1,100 miles along part of the Pacific Crest Trail, despite being almost comically unprepared. In this assured adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Witherspoon is outstanding, giving her best performance since Walk the Line.

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The Wild

The Wild
  • 2 stars
  • 2006
  • US
  • 94 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Steve 'Spaz' Williams
  • Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, James Belushi, Greg Cipes, Eddie Izzard, Janeane Garofalo, Richard Kind, William Shatner, Patrick Warburton, Christopher Edgerly, Bob Joles, Colin Hay, Don Cherry

A formulaic story about a father and son failing to bond because of the pressure to be macho. We can see how this will pan out the moment we meet Ryan the lion cub, who plans to escape New York Zoo and learn to roar like his dad.

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Harper
  • Cast: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Adrian Rawlins, Oaklee Pendergast, Ned Dennehy

A group of children evacuated from the Blitz are placed in the dreaded Eel Marsh House, along with their teacher Eve (Fox), whereupon the titular spectre awakens and starts picking them off. A suspense-free, tedious sequel to the atmospheric 2012 movie, with cheap jump scares and a cliché-ridden screenplay.

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