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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    One of the all time great psychological thrillers: pulpy, shocking and exciting, with a delicious seam of black humour running throughout.

    Foster - glorious, Hopkins - mesmerising, Glenn - ice-cold, Levine - operatic!

    Perhaps not something to admit in public, but am I the only one who finds the good doctor somewhat aspirational? I mean, ignore the body count and you’ve got a lifelong learner with excellent manners who knows his way round a kitchen. Just saying...

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★

    I feel the need...the need for cheese!

    This feature-length ad for US Navy recruitment is actually better than I remember, mostly thanks to Scott’s thrilling use of aerial photography - who needs CGI when you can do this? - and his now trademark lighting to convey mood and, of course, the entire cast’s willingness to grin, gurn and gobble up the screen as the script requires.

    At times cringeworthy - karaoke pick-ups, beach volleyball, need I say more? - but mostly, somewhat guiltily, brain-parking entertainment, 80s style.

  • The Fan

    The Fan

    ★★

    Though I have - according to a list - seen this before, I remembered nothing about it, which rather sums it up.

    It LOOKS like a Tony Scott film - the orange filtered sky, the off-kilter angles, the fast cuts - but it doesn’t FEEL much like a Tony Scott film

    It’s a good idea and it starts well enough, Snipes' Baseball superstar reins it in to his credit and you feel his professional pain; Barkin and Leguizamo give authentic…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Very much my tempo.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★

    Didn't dislike it, and was never bored, but given the talent, and budget, on show, I find it strange that I came out of the screening feeling rather meh... Dinklage, Lawrence and Fassbender aside, the others were there just to move the plot along. And along, to the next bit of CGI wizardry.