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Jeremy Renner

Arrival (2016)

Dennis Villeneuve may well be my favourite director working today, and I can't believe that it took my viewing of Arrival to hammer that home to me. Although I have only seen his past couple of movies, both have been smart and hugely…

LFF 2016 – Arrival (2016)

When most people think of alien films, it feels like the default genre is sci-fi action, where the action hero fight against the extraterrestrial species before they take over the Earth. But thanks to a short story by Ted Chiang and Sicario…

TIFF 2016 – Arrival (2016)

Britain might have fallen out of love with experts, as Michael Gove so eloquently explained this year, but for Hollywood they’ve lost none of their shine. When bad things happen it’s straight off to academia to find someone to fix it.…

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Four years ago, geek 'hero' Joss Whedon directed and wrote Marvel Avengers Assemble, the culmination of various stand-alone films and a feature that caused much anticipation among comic-book fans, old and new, around the world. His efforts…

American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell is a very good director, and a very good writer. So it's a shame to watch American Hustle and get the impression that he's not happy with himself. This is, of course, just awfully presumptuous of me, but I couldn't help…

American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell's patchy Abscam comedy satirises the Seventies  American Hustle: the title promises a classic, definitive statement of the nation's most typical forms of duplicity. The movie interweaves FBI entrapment of corrupt…