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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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The Riot Club

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A timely comment on the potential vileness of the male group; by Rebecca Rae
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Published on October 14, 2014
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A Most Wanted Man

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Joseph Oldham lauds this adaptation of John Le Carré's 9/11 novel for its tension, atmosphere and perfomances
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Published on September 25, 2014
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The Boxtrolls

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Less successful than LAIKA's previous efforts, but just as visually spectacular ; by Cat Lester
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Published on September 24, 2014
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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A post-apocalyptic film that avoids the usual cliches of the genre
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Published on August 17, 2014
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Guardians of the Galaxy

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Marvel's latest superhero movie bucks the trend in choosing fun over moodiness
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Published on August 01, 2014
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Boyhood

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An astonishingly ambitious magnum opus
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Published on July 24, 2014
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Venus in Fur

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A constructive (if not entirely original) critique of male-dominated literary discourse
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Published on July 20, 2014
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How to Train Your Dragon 2

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A visually stunning and emotionally satisfying sequel
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Published on July 18, 2014
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Devil's Knot

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A morbid, frustrating watch, that brings nothing new to a fascinating story
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Published on July 11, 2014
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Cold in July

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This eighties-set noir lacks suspense and idiosyncrasy
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Published on June 23, 2014
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Battle Company: Korengal

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A vivd and reflective documentary about US troops in Afghanistan
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Published on June 20, 2014
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Belle

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Provides the pleasures of the costume drama whilst addressing the genre's often regressive politics
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Published on June 17, 2014
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Maleficent

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A strong and healthy message is let down by its execution
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Published on June 11, 2014
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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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The latest X-Men film plays to the franchise's strengths
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Published on May 26, 2014
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Touchy Feely

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A quiet drama about touch that brillantly evokes the everydayness of Seattle
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Published on May 25, 2014
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Fading Gigolo

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An unfocused film with strong comic performances
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Published on May 22, 2014
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Bad Neighbours

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Finds comedy in the gap between being a teen and feeling like an adult
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Published on May 19, 2014
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The Canyons

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An interesting formal investigation into contemporary American materialism; by James Slaymaker
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Published on May 16, 2014
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