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So I've fallen a little behind with my film reviewing. I'll try and catch up:

#14 - Snow White and the Huntsman

The second Snow White film of the year, this one featuring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

Spoilers ahead. )

#15 - California Solo

This was the European premiere of Robert Carlyle's latest film, and I'm very glad I got the chance to see it.

Spoilers ahead. )

#16 - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

It has Abraham Lincoln. Fighting vampires. Including Rufus Sewell. What's not to love?

Spoilers ahead. )

#17 - The Amazing Spiderman

THIS IS WHAT I MISSED. I didn't really like Tobey Maguire's Spiderman and I couldn't put my finger on why, but this film showed me.

Spoilers ahead. )

#18 - The Dark Knight Rises

The end of an era, really, that's what this film is.

Spoilers ahead. )
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#10 - Mirror Mirror

I was curious about this one, because I really am on a fairytale kick at the moment. I'm not a Julia Roberts fan, personally, but was willing to give it a go, because hello! Fairytales!

Spoilers ahead. )

#11 - Beauty and the Beast 3D

This doesn't get a spoiler cut. It is literally the original film, tweaked only here and there, and made absolutely breath-taking in 3D. Yes, they added some new layers in to add depth in scenes (which only annoyed me in the crowd-scenes when people stepped into frame), but on the whole, it was the best use of 3D I've seen in an animated film. In a film that was drawn over 20 years ago. It looked stunning. Highly recommend it. And the illustrations throughout the end credits were just gorgeous.


#12 - Avengers Assemble

I'm a geek. I'm a happy geek. But I am not a comic book geek. My limited knowledge of these characters came from the fact I quite liked the Iron Man film, and that I used to watch The Incredible Hulk TV series when I was a kid. I hadn't seen Captain America or Thor, so I was quite literally going in blind to this particular universe.

Spoilers ahead. )

#13 - Dark Shadows

So, this is a Burton-Depp film based on a 1960s TV show. Okay. So it has Depp playing a vampire? Okay. Sounds good. Eva Green as a wicked witch? Fantastic. It also co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Lee Miller and a host of others? What's not to like?

Apparently, everything.

Spoilers ahead. )
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#5 - The Muppets

This film, I was going to see no matter what the reviewers said about it. I love the Muppets. I own all the films, and can recite them by heart. So yes. I love the Muppets, which is very peculiar, since puppets on the whole scare the seven hells out of me. Muppets are an exception.

Spoilers Ahead. )
#6 - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This is the film I went to just because of the cast. To be honest, I didn't care if it sucked or not. It had Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Celia Imrie all together on the screen at the same time. I would have seen it if it was just a film about them sitting in an airport lounge.

Spoilers ahead. )

#7 - In Darkness

For something completely different, I wanted to see this film after seeing the trailer just before Marigold Hotel. This is not a film for easy viewing or a casual afternoon at the cinema. It's heavy and dark and claustrophobic, as you might expect with the subject matter.

Spoilers ahead. )
#8 - The Hunger Games

I went into this blind. No idea what it was about. Never read the books. Didn't even know there were books until they started putting posters up in the shops, after the film started to do well.

Spoilers ahead. )

#9 - Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

I love Aardman Studios. I will watch pretty mcuh anything they do, just because it's them. I love them for their little details, their sly wordplays, their background jokes, their ridiculous characters. And on this occasion, they gave me pirates. In case it has not been mentioned, I also love pirates.

Spoilers ahead. )
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#4 A Monster in Paris

First thing I thought when I saw the trailer for this film was along the lines of Phantom of the Opera with an actual monster. I'm glad to say I was mistaken, and that this film is a little gem of an idea which I really liked.

Spoilers ahead. )

In summary, while it's not a 100% brilliant film, it has enough really good and fun moments to make it worth seeing.
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#3 The Artist

I only found out that it was an almost entirely silent film the same day as I was going. I'm really not up to date with current films and what they're about. Still, as a film about the rise of the Talkies, done in the style of a black and white silent picture, this was a treat.

Spoilers Ahead. )

While I'm not sure if I'll get it on DVD, it was a lovely piece of nostalgic escapism, and definitely worth at least one viewing.
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#2 - Puss in Boots

This was my back-up film. I intended to see 'The Lady' with Michelle Yeoh, but all the screenings that were scheduled for today were inexplicably cancelled when I went into the cinema this morning. The next film showing was Puss, so decided to wander into it for some brainless silliness, and went for the 3D option.

Spoilers ahead. )

In conclusion, it's not ever going to be my top choice of animated film, but it's still a fun hour and a half, with some good giggles and two sassy, booted kitties.
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#1 - Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

I'm a little undecided about it, on the whole. I like it as an over-the-top action film, but I'm not sure I like it as a Holmes film. RDJ was immensely watchable as always, and I'm never going to say no to Noomi Rapace, but I found my attention wandering at points.

Spoilers ahead. )

So, in summary, it's a decent action film, but on the whole, it doesn't really feel like a Holmes film to me.

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