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  • Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★½

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

  • Targets

  • Pickup on South Street

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  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    ★★★★

    Although it’s his second feature, this marks the arrival of a real talent in Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. Themes of colonialism (past and present), faith, time and grief gives the film real weight and Mosese brings it all together with poetic lyricism. It’s beautifully shot and framed, with a great score and an entrancing dose of mysticism, and actress Mary Twala (who has now passed away) remains an enigmatic presence. Fans of ‘slow cinema’ will probably love it, and it’s definitely the type of film that needs a few watches. Reminiscent in some ways of Vitalina Varela.

  • Ultraviolence

    Ultraviolence

    This follows on from Fero’s previous film about police murders, Injustice, made 20 years ago. Fero is white, and frames it as a letter to his son about fighting for against injustice police brutality. It centres his whiteness in the film, as if we care about the sad story he needs to tell his son. Fero lifts Adam Curtis’ large block letter graphic style, but has none of the craft or bigger picture thinking to give it any artistic meaning.…

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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Finding the right person who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When the frame can be focused on a face that so clearly tells a story of its own, the symbiotic relationship between director and performer evolves beyond the expectations of standard storytelling.

    Very…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    There is Daniel Day Lewis' performance, a standard which has become almost ludicrously normal for the man now. Paul Thomas Anderson's assured writing and direction instils an epic feel within the stripped down surroundings. Then there is the music. The score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will be the first thing that coats you with the thickness of the film’s black atmosphere.

    Greenwood's compositional skills have developed over the arc of Radiohead's career, pushed forward after the group dropped their guitars…