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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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A charming film with striking imagery but some weakness in plot
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Published on October 02, 2016
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Goosebumps

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Cat Lester reviews the pleasingly surprising and suitably scary big-screen adaptation of the 1990s book series
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Published on April 04, 2016
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45 Years

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A navigation of the complexities of human relationships; by Claire Jesson
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Published on September 11, 2015
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

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Blockbuster action refreshingly grounded in charatcer; by Nick Jones
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Published on August 07, 2015
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Song of the Sea

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A suprisingly sombre tale, exploring family grief through Irish mythology,by Zoë Shacklock
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Published on July 19, 2015
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Phoenix

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A reworking of Vertigo that transforms a pulpy premise into something mythical, by James Slaymaker
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Published on July 07, 2015
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Results

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Brings added nuance and psychological depth to the rom-com formula; by James Slaymaker
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Published on June 09, 2015
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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A precisely measured ensemble blockbuster; By James Taylor
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Published on April 26, 2015
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While We're Young

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A film about family, filmmaking, and cross-generational adult communication ;by Rebecca Rae
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Published on April 07, 2015
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Chappie

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A flawed film that adds little to the genre, but enjoyable nonetheless; by Matt Denny
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Published on March 29, 2015
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Blackhat

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A formally radical film exploring the tangible effects of intangible data, on both society and the self; by James Slaymaker
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Published on February 25, 2015
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Inherent Vice

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A portrait of times changing and those that get left behind, by James Slaymaker
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Published on January 31, 2015
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Ex Machina

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A genuinely thrilling sci-fi film about gender and Otherness, by Matt Denny
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Published on January 28, 2015
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American Sniper

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An examination of the glorification of masculine individualism, rather than the nuances of the war in Iraq; by James Slaymaker
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Published on January 26, 2015
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St. Vincent

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A quirky yet compassionate film that tempers predictability with seriousness, by Patrick Pilkington
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Published on January 21, 2015
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Whiplash

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an excruciating filmic portrait of how far perfectionist tendencies can be warped by an abusive mentor, by Anna Reynolds Cooper
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Published on January 18, 2015
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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

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An appealing and enjoyable romp, marred by some clunky writing
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Published on December 21, 2014
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The Maze Runner

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A disappointing film that fails to bring something new to a familiar theme, by Marta Wasik
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Published on November 15, 2014
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Gone Girl

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Explores the performative nature of human relationships in the digital age, By James Slaymaker
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Published on October 30, 2014
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Hermitage Revealed

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A lush travelogue, sadly lacking in critical depth; by Charlotte Stevens
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Published on October 26, 2014
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