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  • King Kong
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Local Hero
  • Murmur of the Heart

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  • In Bruges

    ★★★½

  • An Affair to Remember

    ★★★

  • Little Fish

    ★★★

  • Virunga

    ★★★½

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This film’s power is hard to describe to those who have not seen it. Unfolding at its own pace for nearly four hours, introducing us to a large cast of vividly-drawn characters, never wasting a moment, it’s as close as cinema can get to a great novel. An epic tale of teen angst, family and first love, it is often warm, funny, thrilling and intimate. But hanging over it is a sense of inevitable, impending doom, as events move towards…

  • Bad Lucky Goat

    Bad Lucky Goat

    ★★★½

    Today’s ‘Film of the Day’ on Mubi is a minor gem, a vibrant and offbeat account of several hours in the lives of two squabbling teen siblings as they desperately try to fix the problems caused by their accidental killing of a goat. It’s always a delight to discover a movie that focuses on such a unique and distinctive culture - the dialogue is in Providencia Creole, the first film shot in that dialect - and there is plenty of…

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  • Little Fish

    Little Fish

    ★★★

    A very sad, slow-paced film that sustains its melancholic atmosphere throughout. It’s obvious where it’s going but Cooke and O’Connell make you care about their characters. A touchingly romantic movie which could perhaps have been even better if we had been shown more of the horrifying pandemic and its impact on the world around as it closes in on this one couple.

    2021 ranked

  • Virunga

    Virunga

    ★★★½

    Sobering account of heroes standing up for Virunga National Park while bloody war rages and an unscrupulous oil company illegally encroaches into the Congo. While it can be argued that the content is not groundbreaking - we all know that Central Africa has all too frequently been a horrendous war zone, that the mountain gorillas are barely clinging on in its midst and that certain huge corporations put profit above human or any other life without batting an eyelid -…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★

    It’s testament to this film’s enthralling power that, the first time I glanced at my watch during the screening, well over two hours had passed. Based on a Murakami short story - I haven’t read it, but some of the prose is unmistakably his - this is a rich and rewarding experience, superbly acted, epic in scope, deep in themes without being inaccessible. My attention wandered, briefly, in the last half hour or so but this is a major achievement.

    2021

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    Addictively sweet, warm and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, this is above all a love letter to the seventies, superbly recreated with all of the bad hair and fashion, and well-chosen but not overused pop hits. Both leads are exceptional - Hoffman recalls his dad in certain moments but his cocky, past-his-prime child actor and wannabe entrepreneur Gary is his own creation, but best of all is Alana Haim, a real find, who should be much more central to this season’s Best…