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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★½

    No matter how much I hate Casey Affleck, I cannot hate this film or his performance in it.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    The Girl with All the Gifts

    ★★★★

    Though it's low budget shows at times, this is a sufficiently original twist on a done-to-death genre, with enough pathos, emotion and tension (mostly brought by newcomer Sennia Nanua) to grip and engage the viewer. An improvement on M.R Carey's original novel.

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★

    This was always going to be difficult. Richard Linklater's follow up to 'Before Sunrise', that affable gem that so many hold close to their hearts, certainly deserves credit and admiration for its tenacity. 'Before Sunset' enters that dodgy sequel territory that so many wish it wouldn't. The original 1994 tale it follows on from was so full of sentiment, so emotionally pervasive, with stunningly subtle performances from Delpy and Hawke, one begins to wonder whether lightning can strike twice. How…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    Another day, another Boyhood review. So much already said about a single film. I'm sure if you were to ask Richard Linklater about the critical response to his latest drama, a qualitative epic in many ways, his response would probably fall somewhere along the lines of 'overwhelming'. Certainly no stranger to praise, Linklater, from his earliest days, has built up a cinematic catalogue of an exceedingly impressive standard. His work is so often charming, witty, affectionate, connecting, hitting us harder,…