Battle: Los Angeles

In what must be the most expensive recruitment drive ever, 70 million dollars has been spent on a movie that lets us know EVERY TEN MINUTES OR SO just how worthwhile/glorious life in the marines can be. The script and indeed Brian Tyler’s score hammer home this message with unceasing regularity…
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Sarah’s Key

This really is a strange film. The historical sections are pitch perfect, and it’s such a fascinating story that it’s a pity they had to be sullied by the regular intrusions of the embarrassing present. Worse still, the final section of the film seems like it will never finish until, miraculously, it ends on an incredibly touching note.
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Like all good confined space thrillers, Buried uses its confined setting to the fullest, deftly taking us through every narrative possibility as Paul does everything he can to get out alive. There wasn’t a dull moment in this film – it moves at a cracking pace.
Rating: 5 starsHoopla Factor: 5 stars

This is a truly brave film, and one that gives hope that films can be made the way their story demands, immune to the influence of what 'will sell'. Cortez and Reynolds should be applauded.
Rating: 4.5 starsHoopla Factor: 5 stars

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