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PhilomenaStarring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham Dir: Stephen FrearsThe film category “True Story” has always been the hardest to accept. There are so many interpretation of the words “based on” that the entire genre...

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20 Feet from Stardom Starring: Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer - Dir: Morgan NevilleI must confess to have being deeply disappointed when this film won the Best Documentary Oscar at this year's awards. Which was a bit unfair...

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The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of SmaugStarring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage - Dir: Peter JacksonEveryone criticised the first Hobbit flick for being a bit long and boring, but the second one certainly makes up for it. Not by being shorter...

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CarrieStarring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde - Dir: Kimberly PeirceEven after nearly every horror film from the seventies has been remade – generally in mediocre fashion – the bar for Carrie is a bit higher, in part...

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BIG ASS SPIDER! Starring: Greg Grunberg, Ray Wise, Lombardo Boyar Dir: Mike Mendez (****) A few times recently I've bemoaned the fact that so few films can successfully find and walk the tightrope required for comedy horror. Well, hot damn, if this...

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The Hunger Games: Catching fireStarring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth - Dir: Francis LawrenceI was a bit down on the first Hunger Games flick, but this round is a big improvement, ditching some of the more straight-ahead teen tropes...

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The CouncelorStarring: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt - Dir: Ridley ScottVery few people I know like The Counselor. It is not an easy film to like, though part of the negative reaction is because most people...

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Captain PhillipsStarring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Max Martini - Dir: Paul GreengrassIf any proof was needed that this year's crop of Oscar nominees was an exceptionally strong field, it comes in the form of Captain Phillips. Last year it could...

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GravityStarring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney - Dir: Alphonse Cuarón Gravity is a true wonder of filmmaking. Occasionally films come along which seem to push the visual boundaries of the medium – Life of Pi did that a couple of years back...

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Alan Partridge: Alpha PapaStarring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meeny, Phil Cornwell - Dir: Declan LowneyThe cinematic world is full of TV characters who made it onto the big screen only to go down in flames. Being the star of a thirty minute episodic TV show...

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