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HiFi’s Film Reviews

353 Films have been rated or reviewed by HiFi.

Eastbound and Down (TV Series)Eastbound and Down (TV Series) (2009)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Very good cast, and occasionally hilarious, but a bit one–note and repetitive. I didn't make it through the first season...
DVD $39.95, $39.95, $39.95, $39.95
Veronica MarsVeronica Mars (2014)
3 stars (Good Enough) Not wonderful, but enjoyable enough – guess that makes me a fan. Apparently there are more episodes planned this or next year, instead of a movie sequel.
DVD $34.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95
Veronica Mars (TV Series)Veronica Mars (TV Series) (2004)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Flatmate made me watch this, and I enjoyed every minute. Maintains a remarkable consistency throughout the 3 seasons, and is at heart laudably blue–collar and suspicious of those in power.
DVD $59.95, $59.95, $59.95
DarkmanDarkman (1990)
3 stars (Good Enough) Noisy and cartoonish, but a lot of fun. The leads are great, and Friels makes a meal of his part (while sporting a convincing American accent).
DVD $14.95, $39.95 | Blu-Ray $14.95
Summer of SamSummer of Sam (1999)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) Overlong, unfocused, gaudy, loud and leering, but a host of excellent performances and an admirable breadth and ambition.
Poster (VG) $14.95
Dollhouse (TV Series)Dollhouse (TV Series) (2009)
4 stars (Very Good) Possibly not Whedon's finest, but absorbing, thought–provoking and improves greatly in season 2. Excellent cast, with the prodigiously versatile Gjokaj a standout.
DVD $40 $30
Bridge Too Far, ABridge Too Far, A (1977)
2 stars (Good Try) Impressively mounted, but the net effect is negligible. Acting (dis)honours to Ryan O'Neal. Skip this and read Roy Urquhart's book.
Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook (2012)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) Reaches the parts other rom–coms don't, but once the story kicks into gear the mental health aspect is revealed to be window–dressing. Very good cast, and the Chris Tucker rehabilitation begins here...
DVD $39.95 $14.95 | Blu-Ray $39.95 $19.95
Unit, The (TV Series)Unit, The (TV Series) (2006)
2 stars (Good Try) Apart from Patrick, and the ever–watchable Haysbert, this is like The A Team meets The Real Housewives of Delta Force. Slightly disappointing, given the creators' pedigrees. 'Sere' is a strong episode, though.
DVD $20 $15, $34.95, $44.95, $44.95
Homeland - Season 5 (TV Series)Homeland - Season 5 (TV Series) (2015)
4 stars (Very Good) Tradecraft and procedural howlers, Carrie's ugly cryface, characters behaving absurdly and getting away with it – in short: Homeland. But this season's much tighter than 4, and pretty gripping. And Miranda Otto is mesmerising. Well worth a look.
DVD $30 $22.50, $49.95 | Blu-Ray $54.95

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