Inherent Vice

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Latest Reviews

  • Inherent Vice

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    A self-indulgent mess of a film that slips into an irrelevant psychedelic haze and never recovers.

  • Unbroken

    Angelina Jolie

    Here's one for flag-wavering, bible-bashing patriots from the 'Land of the Free' who demand that the Oscars are little more than a patronising tribute to their homeland and its ideology.

  • Leviathan

    Andrei Zvyagintsev

    Andrei Zvyagintsev’s retelling of Job's suffering as a somber assault on post-Soviet Russia is not quite the unqualified masterpiece that some make out.

  • Citizenfour

    Laura Poitras

    The most important documentary exposé since 'Taxi to the Dark Side', it brings a sober clarity to a scandal that governments had kept under wraps, absurdly hiding behind 9/11 intelligence activities and bestowing a traitor status on a whistleblower for spilling the beans on a new kind of tyranny for the digital age.

  • Nightcrawlers

    Dan Gilroy

    An amoral quasi-journalist profits from gruesome voyeurism and a suburban paranoia in Dan Gilroy's well crafted but slippery thriller satire.

  • The Imitation Game

    Morten Tyldum

    Lively direction and superb performances paper over the cracks in Morten Tyldum's engaging account of Alan Turing cracking the Nazi's Enigma code and suffering an appalling legitimised persecution after the war.

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