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REVIEW: The Monuments Men (George Clooney – 2014)

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With this subject matter, gorgeous production design and an incredible ensemble on both sides of the lens one would expect this to be yet another home run for Clooney and Heslov (the team behind Argo and Good Night and Good Luck). Unfortunately, the beautiful moments contained within the often divergent threads of the story don’t gel into a masterpiece comparable to the art they’re trying to salvage.

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REVIEW: Divergent (Neil Burger – 2014)

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It’s the only female-led YA adult series to succeed at the box-office since the first Hunger Games, and while most of the others *cough The Mortal Instruments, The Host, Beastly, Beautiful Creatures cough* haven’t deserved the right to ignite a cinematic franchise, Divergent most certainly does.

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REVIEW: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Anthony and Joe Russo – 2014)

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One of the most resonant moments in The Avengers is when Captain America is chatting to Nick Fury about reacclimatising to contemporary life. Chris Evans delivers this line, loaded with melancholy “When I went under, the world was at war. I wake up, they say we won. They didn’t say what we lost.” In Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo send Steve Rogers into a 70s conspiracy thrill ride that uses S.H.I.E.L.D to question what America has become.

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