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  • Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

    Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

    ★★★★

    A searing and justifiably bitter and angry account of how crack not only infiltrated its way into African-American communities throughout the 80s and 90s, but also the systematic racism of the war against drugs that saw the lives of many destroyed as a result. Stanley Nelson's film is an excellently put together documentary that never loses sight of the human cost, not only because of the drug itself but also at the increasing ineptitude and shady practices of the political system that had no idea on how to deal with the problem ethically or correctly.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★★

    I think we need to applaud and regard Pete Docter as one of the finest storytellers working in any medium, let alone animation. The way in which he takes complex, adult themes regarding mortality and mental illness and fashions them into colourful, joyous and genuinely heartfelt comedies such as this is somewhat masterful.

    It's almost too obvious to say that Soul is a movie full of, well, soul, but it is. Imaginative, heartfelt, deeply moving and profound and yet also…

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  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★

    A quick history on the first scene of each actor who has played James Bond;

    SEAN CONNERY: Suavely introduces himself at a casino table.

    GEORGE LAZENBY: Bruising fight scene on a beach.

    TIMOTHY DALTON: Dramatically turns to camera before jumping on to a moving jeep.

    PIERCE BROSNAN: Bungee jumps off a very tall dam.

    DANIEL CRAIG: Earns his 00 status via two assassinations in a noirish black and white prologue.

    ROGER MOORE: Finds himself in a PG-rated sex farce where…

  • Downhill

    Downhill

    ★★½

    Although far from terrible, like so many Hollywood remakes of international films, you're kind of left wondering what the point of it all is. There's a very impressive pedigree involved here given that Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Jesse Armstrong have done great work elsewhere, but everything is being carried considerably by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell who elevate the script quite a bit with their performances which gives this more heft than it really would have otherwise.

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  • Dangerous Lies

    Dangerous Lies

    ★★

    A massively disappointing follow up to Threat Level Midnight, I expected more from Michael Scott.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    1917 engulfs you in a state of anxiety almost right away thanks to its against the clock narrative and the fact Sam Mendes has opted to pretty much film the entire thing in long takes.

    Gripping like a vice throughout, 1917 also devastates in its quieter moments, wows you with Mendes' direction and incredible photography courtesy of Roger Deakins and what should amount to a star making performance from George McKay. Thomas Newman's score is a propulsive presence throughout, while…