[Movies of the Month] February

February

NEW RELEASES
Spotlight – Tense and understated, this is a great ensemble piece that tackles an important and controversial subject excellently. ★★★★

1ST TIMERS
Divergent 
– A new version of a dystopic future, this lacks Lawrence’s star power that The Hunger Games has but is a fascinating look at a different version of society. ★★★½
Insurgent – As more of this new society is revealed, the more interesting it gets. ★★★★
Romantics Anonymous – Typically French; off-beat, sweet, enjoyably predictable. ★★★★
Frankie and Johnny – Pfeiffer and Pacino have great chemistry, and this is an enjoyable, low key romcom that feels very true to life. ★★★★
Legend – Hardy does a fantastic job, though I personally would have preferred less focus on Reggie and Frances. ★★★★
My Afternoons with Margueritte – I absolutely adored this film: a unique love story. ★★★★½
Gallipoli – In hindsight, it was the title of the film that put me off so I was pleasantly surprised when the Gallopoli Campaign is only a small part of the story. ★★★½
Mr Morgan’s Last Love – Poesy does a fantastic job but Caine seems more lecherous than endearing in parts. His American accent is appalling too. ★★½
Last Vegas – The geriatric version of The Hangover, this does provides a few laugh-out-loud moments. ★★★
The Voices – A very dark comedy  but well thought out; Reynolds was a great choice. ★★★★
The Terminator – After nearly 28 years of being alive on this planet I’ve finally gotten around to watching The Terminator. Predictable in places but very enjoyable nonetheless. Rightly an Eighties classic. ★★★★

REWATCHES
Liar Liar – Classic Carey at his best. ★★★★
Ladies in Lavender – Dench and Smith are a great double act, and this is a gentile look at the generosity of strangers. ★★★★
Love, Rosie – A new guilty pleasure; sweet, light-hearted romcom. ★★★½
Mrs Brown – Dench and Connelly are a great pairing. ★★★★
The Man in the Iron Mask – Young Leo impresses, as does Gabriel Byrne, and the costumes are wonderful. However, the mish-mash of accents is irritating. ★★★
Serendipity – A lovely romcom film that tiptoes the border between sweet and sugary very well. ★★★★

Total: 18

Since 1st January 2016 

New releases: 2
1st timers: 26
Rewatches: 10
Total: 38

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