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  • Red, White and Blue

    Red, White and Blue

    ★★★★

    "Sometimes I think the earth needs to be scorched. Replanted so something good will come of it."

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★½

    Just singin’ and dancin’ in the raiiiiiin.

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  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★★½

    Ken Loach circa late-2010s is not necessarily known for his subtlety and Sorry We Missed You carries forward the approach of I, Daniel Blake by driving home its message by piling on the abject misery at an overwhelming rate.

    When he, and his favoured writer Paul Laverty, do this it certainly reads as clumsy, didactic filmmaking, but they do it because the subjects that concern them are vital and, in today's Britain, vitally overlooked.

    Glimmers of artful imagery, haunting moments…

  • Ray & Liz

    Ray & Liz

    ★★★★½

    Desolate, serene, considerate and unforgiving.

    Watching director Richard Billingham wrestle with the ghosts of his neglecting parents to reach a place of understanding and forgiveness is a haunting, stirring experience I won't be forgetting any time soon.