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After three full years of my only ongoing feature, what will be the 36th Movie of the Moth? Here are eleven very different contenders:

Safe: More enjoyable nonsense from Jason Statham. Far from his best movie but it has its moments.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Lightweight but enjoyable romantic comedy. Elevated by a great cast most notably an over the top Kristin Scott Thomas.

Silent House: A remake of a high concept Uruguayan, it makes all the same mistakes as the original most notably a concept and a twist that play against each other.

Café de Flore: A dreamy tale set in two eras and two countries, telling two seemingly unconnected stories. I would have liked to have seen a little less modern day and a little more Vanessa Paradis in the early 70’s.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Mel Gibson is back making the kind of movie he used to make. Not a great film but enjoyable non the less, it’s a shame it didn’t make it to American theatres considering some of the crap that does.

All in Good Time: Predictable comedy. It has some funny moments and is well acted but there just isn’t enough going on.

The Raid: After making the documentary Merantau highlighting the Indonesian martial art Silat Harimau, Welsh director Gareth Evans reunites with his star Iko Uwais to make a feature film. It doesn’t reinvent the action movie the way Die Hard did but it certainly reinvigorates it.

2 Days in New York: Sequel to 2 Days in Paris (2007) that succeeds is both funnier and simply better than the original. Julie Delpy is as great as ever but the real revelation is Chris Rock who is both funny and likeable.

Dark Shadows: A flawed and ill judged movie based on a long forgotten TV show that doesn’t know if it is comedy, horror or satire. It does however have the odd moment to remind us of the genius of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.

Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson has turned his unique quirky bittersweet eye on a coming of age drama. It is as funny as you would expect from Anderson, but it is more engaging and endearing thanks to fantastic performances from both the recognisable established actors and the unknown kids.

Snow White and the Huntsman: There are so many variations on the Snow White story, unfortunately this movie chooses to use them all. To its credit it looks good and all the cast are good. If you are going to see one Snow White movie this year it has to be this one not the Julia Roberts crap.

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