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  • The Trial

    The Trial

    ★★★★

    52 films by women 2021: 42/52.

    Maria Augusta Ramos's documentary about the politically-motivated railroading of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is patient and moderate in tone, but builds its case no less efficiently from that. The thrill of it is that it allows you access into Rousseff's defence team as the crisis unfolds, a piece of embedded journalism that produces a plausible first draft of history rather than a mere report.

    The downside of this immediacy is that it can't incorporate…

  • Light of Day

    Light of Day

    ★★★½

    Back when I was first planning Pop Screen, this modest little vehicle for a post-Back to the Future Michael J Fox that has never received an English-language DVD release was one of the films I most wanted to cover. Why, exactly? Well, I just couldn't believe there was a rock movie directed by Paul Schrader right off the back of Mishima starring Fox, Joan Jett and Gena Rowlands with a Bruce Springsteen theme song that nobody had heard of. And…

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  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    Too often, when we wonder who the Greatest Living Englishman is, we forget that Nick Park asked Dreamworks for thirty million dollars to make an internationally-released feature-length film about marrow-growing contests in Lancashire and they said yes.

  • Pride

    Pride

    ★★★★½

    I was going to add a caveat to this review, to say that perhaps it wasn't a 4.5 film, but if you're queer, or if you're from one of those towns - you know, the ones with shops that you've never seen without the shutters down, the ones whose people are said to be "workshy" by people on TV despite the fact that some of the older residents still have scars on their head that they got from literally, physically…