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  • The Godfather
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • La La Land

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  • La Llorona

    ★★★★

  • Wadjda

    ★★★★

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

  • You Will Die at Twenty

    ★★★★

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    Whether you like it or not, David Lowery has reached a point in his career where he is in full control of his directorial style. Via an unconventional path mixed with romance, fantasy adventure, supernatural drama and crime caper, Lowery has found the exact aesthetic that works for him, and fortunately for us, it is a perfect fit for a medieval epic.

    With the help of Andrew Droz Palermo's cinematography and Daniel Hart's music, Lowery has created a sensory experience…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    An absolutely fascinating look at grief and reclaiming some meaning into your life, and one of the more unusually structured films I've seen. You would likely throw this into the revenge thriller genre, but make no mistake, this isn't like any you've seen before. Violence is present, and integral to the story, yet as the story progresses it becomes apparent that this is not where we're being taken.

    Cage is inspired casting, not because he is able to subvert expectations…

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  • Wadjda

    Wadjda

    ★★★★

    Simple in structure and light on narrative drama, Wadjda is an exercise in observation and trusting your characters and actors to engage the audience. Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a plucky young girl determined to buy an expensive bike to race against her friend Abdullah. It wouldn't surprise me if Wadjda was semi-autobiographical; writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour clearly having the same level of daring and intelligence to pull off the first feature film by a Saudi woman and the first filmed entirely…

  • You Will Die at Twenty

    You Will Die at Twenty

    ★★★★

    Aside from a misguided turn of events in the final 10 minutes, Sudanese director Amjad Abu Alala delivers one of the more assured debuts of recent years. In full control of the aesthetics of his film, and almost sticking the landing, Alala produces a very strong film first up, and shows a huge amount of promise of what is to come.

    Others will feel differently, especially depending on where their on views on religion lie, but I very much felt…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    I don't think I've ever had an experience in the cinema like the one I had with Whiplash. I sweated, I chewed all my fingernails off and when it finished I found it hard to walk out due to constantly straining all my muscles! This is an exercise in sustained tension the likes you would never expect to find in a film about music.

    The craft on hand in Whiplash is of the highest order. Damien Chazelle is a hugely…

  • Our Little Sister

    Our Little Sister

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes you don't need violence, or sex, or any forced plot point at all, to produce conflict and drama in a story. Hirokazu Koreeda is proof that the everyday going-ons in the lives of regular people are more than enough fuel to create an enjoyable and eminently watchable film with more than enough happening to keep the viewer interested.

    That being said, his work isn't for everyone. The pacing here is languid, even for him, and there is even less…