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Last Movie of the Month for 2014 with a surprise winner. Check back over the weekend to see if any of the featured films make my top ten of the year. 

Paddington:  Adapting the classic children’s story could have been a disaster,  amazingly the story of the titular bear from darkest Peru gets everything right.  From the cast (both the human characters and the voice of Paddington) to the animation of the bear.  Most importantly the comedy is just the right side of silly to make it charming and enchanting.Paddington

Black Sea:  It essentially boils down to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in a submarine.  A taught well acted, if predicable thriller.Black Sea

The Grandmaster: The life of real life martial arts supremo Ip Man as told by Wong Kar Wai.  It is as stunning to look at as you would expect, and the fight choreography by Woo-ping Yuen is as brilliant as ever.  The only disappointing thing, I am led to believe there are three different edits, out there.  If the reviews are correct, the version I saw isn’t the best one.The Grandmaster

The Pyramid: A team of archaeologists explore a pyramid.  Not good idea.  A silly film that doesn’t even reach the low watermark set by As Above, So Below earlier this year.  Anyone thinking of watching either of these films would be better of watching Neil Marshall’s modern classic/masterpiece The Descent, even if you have already seen it.The Pyramid

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: A decent conclusion to the trilogy.  Like its predecessors it was never going to be as good as The Lord Of The Rings.  Some of the characters are sidelined for large sections of the film but this is done to develop other characters further and was the right thing to do on the whole.The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

Big Eyes: Tim Burtons least Tim Burton film.  It is similar in tone to Ed Wood but doesn’t have the same warmth towards the characters.  The biggest floor is the lack of depth to Christoph Waltz’s character.  We never truly understand the motivation for his actions.bigeyes

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie directed story Olympic runner and WWII POW Louis Zamperini.  Lavishly shot and often powerful, the heart of the movie comes from another great performance from rising star Jack O’Connell.Unbroken

Exodus: Gods And Kings: The return of the biblical epic continues, unlike Noah it tells its story with a tiny bit of ambiguity that may or may not rationalise the miracles on display.  It sags a little in the middle but earns its epic status thanks to some truly spectacular scenes.Exodus Gods And Kings

I never expected to say this, but Movie of The Month is: PaddingtonPaddingtonPOSTER

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As we pass the halfway point of the year one of my most anticipated films for a long time, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has just opened and I will be watching it sometime this week. The end of the month sees The Avengers universe expand a little further with Guardians of the Galaxy, but what am I looking forward to for the rest of the year. Here are a few:

The Rover: Director: David Michôd: 15 August 2014 – Australia, 10 years after a global economic collapse, a man goes after the people who stole his only possession, his car. A sort of neorealist Mad Max.The Rover

A Most Wanted Man: Director: Anton Corbijn: 12 September 2014 – Political thriller based on a John le Carré’s novel. Sadly one of the last films to star the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.A Most Wanted Man

Kingsman: The Secret Service: Director: Matthew Vaughn: 17th October 2014 – Vaughn and long time collaborator Jane Goldman adapted comic book about a veteran secret agent and a young recruit.Kingsman The Secret Service

Gone Girl: Director David Fincher: 3rd October 2014 – A man reports his wife missing only to become the prime suspect. Adapted from a bestselling novel.Gone Girl

The Homesman: Director Tommy Lee Jones: 3rd October 2014 – A road/trail movie in the old west, Tommy Lee Jones stars as well as directs.The Homesman

Interstellar: Director Christopher Nolan: 7th November 2014 – Space travel and wormholes and things like that, we can’t be sure because its Christopher Nolan, we don’t care because its Christopher Nolan!Interstellar

The Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 1: Director Francis Lawrence: 21st November 2014 – The first part of the final part of The Hunger Games, the revolution starts here.The Hunger Games Mockingjay

Unbroken: Director: Angelina Jolie: 26 December 2014 – True story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner and WWII POW.Unbroken

The Imitation Game: Director: Morten Tyldum: 14 November 2014 – The true and ultimately tragic story of Alan Turing, one of the men responsible for cracking the Enigma code during World War II.??????????????????

Snowpiercer: Director: Joon-ho Bong: Date TBA – The remnants of humanity fight a class war on , a train that travels around the globe. (on my list of anticipated films 18 months ago, I hope to see it this year).Snowpiercer

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