Films seen in July 2011

Bridesmaids (2011) – Finally proving that women can be just as funny as men, Kristen Wiig is truly brilliant as Annie. Let’s hope Bridesmaids paves the way for more female driven comedies. 4/5

Straw Dogs (1971) – Despite Peckinpah’s denials, there surely can be little doubt as to the all-too-present misogyny present in the horrific rape scene. Barring this, the film itself is wonderfully shot, truly tense; Hoffman and George are excellent. 4/5

Pride and Prejudice (2005) – Joe Wright breathes new life into Austen, making her work accessible for a younger audience. Keira Knightley’s best work to date has been under the direction of Wright. 4/5

Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Finely acted, and emotionally heartfelt, but strangely still lacking. Coming to the conclusion that I am simply not a fan of Eastwood’s often glossy style of direction; he is undoubtedly skilled, just not for me. 3/5

Finding Nemo (2003) – Ellen DeGeneres ‘s Dory brings the humour, the father son and relationship bring the emotional gravitas. Truly brilliant. 5/5

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) – Certainly flawed, The Adjustment Bureau’s strength lies in its wonderfully realised central relationship. 3/5

The Tree of Life (2011) – Another flawless film from the wonderful Terrence Malick. Malick’s philosophical vision is both unique and hugely refreshing. A film unlike any other. 5/5

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) – Fans of the series will find themselves sated in this final instalment. A worthy addition to the series. 4/5

Bad Education (2004) – Immersive and wonderfully depicted, Gael Garcia Bernal excels in his multi-layered, complex role.4/5

Beginners (2011) – Undoubtedly entertaining, Beginners suffers from its tendency towards whimsy, ultimately losing any grip it had upon the narrative. 3/5

Horrible Bosses (2011) – Bawdy and trashy, Horrible Bosses may not be memorable, but it certainly amuses for its duration. 3/5

The Lovely Bones (2009) – Attempting to balance scenes of trauma with a childlike depiction of heaven, The Lovely Bones fails to ever really engage its audience. 2/5

Role Models (2008) – Fine performances ensure Role Models comedic credentials. Truly enjoyable. 3/5

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