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Captain Fantastic

Stylish, thought-provoking indie contemplating the weighty responsibilities of parenthood.


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22nd Apr 2017

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Demolition

Accomplished character piece. Almost stretches itself a bit thin, but it's stylish enough to transcend.


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18th Mar 2017

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Drugstore Cowboy

Quintessential Gus Van Zant. Great art direction, acting and photography. Possibly better with age.


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7th Mar 2017

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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Confident indie comedy-thriller that pitches itself perfectly.


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4th Mar 2017

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The Lego Batman Movie

Brutally fast paced meta-fest, backed up by the most sensible bat-plot for a long time.


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16th Feb 2017

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Joy

Inventive ensemble drama, as David O. Russell takes another shot at Scorsese's crown. Great soundtrack too.


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7th Jan 2017

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Rogue One

A Star Wars Story

Second viewing and it's still holding together well. The third act is incredible.


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22nd Dec 2016

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ROGUE ONE

A STAR WARS STORY

Impeccable world building and a nail biting finale mark a solid expansion of the universe.


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18th Dec 2016

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Midnight Special

From 3 minutes in this was the best film I've seen in ages. Nostalgic indie sci-fi.


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13th Dec 2016

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Spotlight

Worthy, watertight journo movie. Full of great performances, but staying well between the lines.


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21st Nov 2016

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The Nice Guys

LA Confidential meets The Big Lebowski in the best way possible. Great turns from Reynolds and Crowe.


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4th Nov 2016

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Room

Intense indie drama. Pacing is a little lopsided, but the sentiment and strong performances carry it through.


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24th Sep 2016

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Beginners

Thoughtful, creative, mainstream indie from Mike Mills. Lovingly performed and put together.


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8th Aug 2016

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Samsara

It's familiar ground , but this Baraka sequel hypnotises with embarrassing images of poverty and consumerism.


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26th Jun 2016

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Macbeth

Ambitious, arty, sumptuous take on the old classic. I still got a bit lost but Fassbender remains entrancing.


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18th Jun 2016

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Roundhouse

There's a midlife crisis going on, but great visuals and a stellar back catalogue keep it exciting.


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26th May 2016

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48 Hours

Dated buddy cop movie that wrote many of today's movie cliches. Dated, but still brutal and funny.


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16th Apr 2016

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Lush

Oslo, London

Shoegaze-heavy warm up gig for a long overdue comeback tour. Still generating a hypnotic wall of sound.


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12th Apr 2016

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Inside Out

Intense emotional rollercoaster, with Pixar's Pete Doctor perfectly navigating a complex concept.


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26th Mar 2016

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Son of a Gun

Text book Aussie crime pic. Hoons, cars, guns - gripping and full of decent turns.


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10th Mar 2016

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The Revenant

Brutal survivalist western. Magnificently ambitious and suffering only from being a little uneven.


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22nd Jan 2016

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Star Wars

The Force Awakens

Stylish remix, successfully handing the series over to a new gen of fans and characters.


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19th Dec 2015

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Greenberg

Accomplished indie that's getting better with age. Rich, 3D characters and performances.


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5th Dec 2015

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Instrument

Sprawling collage, documenting over a decade of life inside Fugazi. Arty, and intense, just like the band.


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25th Oct 2015

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The Color of Money

Overlooked gem from Scorsese’s doldrums. Heavy on film school tricks and filled with good turns.

Halliwell says: Slackly told but consistently enjoyable adventures of Fast Eddie Felson in his older age.**


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8th Oct 2015

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A Most Violent Year

Classy, intense, small-scale crime epic from J.C. Chandor. Great automobile art direction too.


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22nd Sep 2015

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Side Effects

Taught, unpredictable thriller. Well played and masterfully directed by Steven Soderbergh.


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30th Aug 2015

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Boyhood

There's less novelty the second time round, but this unique film benefits and even seems less contrived.


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20th Jun 2015

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Kagemusha

Slow 80s samurai doppelganger pic from Akira Kurosawa, which seems all the more epic in the post-CGI world.


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19th Jun 2015

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The Departed

Scorsese's remake makes up for its lack of subtlety through pure bombast. Di Caprio's career highlight.


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6th Jun 2015

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Another Girl Another Planet

Thoroughly pretentious, thoroughly enjoyable 90s PXL-Vision hipster indiefest.


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4th Jun 2015

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Whiplash

Inspiring, unpredictable music drama. Slow to start, but some nice turns keep it fresh for the drum solo.


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25th May 2015

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Witty, post modern detective pic, with standout comeback turns from RDJ and Val Kilmer.


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20th May 2015

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Cold In July

Sparse, atmospheric indie thriller - which quickly breaks the template with a couple of left turns.


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17th May 2015

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Sleeping Beauty

Genre-pushing 1950s Disney fairytale, this time in epic widescreen. Tastefully done.

Halliwell says: Rather stodgy, unwisely Cinemascoped feature cartoon of the old legend; very fashionable and detailed, but somehow lifeless.*


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29th Dec 2014

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Terriers

Great characters, fantastic scripts, a long-game season arc and a bunch of good twists make this very watchable TV.


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26th Dec 2014

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Peter Pan

Rich, action-packed Disney entry, benefitting from J. M. Barrie's more layered source material.

Halliwell says: Solidly crafted cartoon version of a famous children's play; not Disney's best work, but still miles ahead of the competition.***


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26th Dec 2014

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The World's Fastest Indian

Textbook, sentimental, heartstring-plucking tale - done flawlessly.


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25th Dec 2014

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Genre-defining animation from Disney. Dated in some ways, but still full of style.

Halliwell says: Disney's first feature cartoon, a mammoth enterprise which no one in the business thought would work. The romantic leads were wishy-washy but the splendid songs and the marvellous comic and villainous characters turned the film into a world-wide box office bombshell which is almost as fresh today as when it was made.****


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22nd Dec 2014

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The Hunt

Intense, paranoid witch hunt. Thought provoking and intricately crafted, with many stand out performances.


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19th Dec 2014

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Labor Day

Powerful, stylish drama. Beautiful cinematography, anchored by strong performances and a solid script.


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12th Dec 2014

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I Origins

Compelling, stylish, indie-ish sci-fi. Laced with originality, if a little heavy handed in places.


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5th Dec 2014

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Nightcrawler

Electrifying modern thriller. Great script and a breakout turn from Donnie Darko. He's going to be big.


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4th Nov 2014

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Up

If you like being punched in the emotional face you'll love this Pixar tearjerker. One of the best openings ever.


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25th Aug 2014

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Night Moves

Classy slice of 70s film noir, with a fantastic, effortless script and a star turn from Gene Hackman.

Halliwell says: Apparently a Chandlerish mystery, this is really a Pinterish audience-teaser with obsessions about communication and the meaning of life. A smart-ass entertainment for eager trendies.*


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31st Jul 2014

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Searching For Sugarman

Outstanding, intriguing, moving documentary about a deep black hole in the music industry.


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20th Jul 2014

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Timecrimes

A mind bending time travel loop does a magnificent job of distracting you from an otherwise thin plot.


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7th Jul 2014

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No Country For Old Men

Intense cat and mouse chase between two incredibly well drawn characters.


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26th Jun 2014

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Dallas Buyers Club

Well handled drama with a powerhouse performance from McRomcomedy. Tad long.


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8th Jun 2014

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Captain Phillips

Intense modern piracy drama, skilfully handled as Paul Greengrass builds the tension and intensity.


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29th Mar 2014

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