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  • Hunted

    Hunted

    ★★★

    Not quite convincing overall, and half the film just consists of Dirk Bogarde dragging young Jon Whiteley across various landscapes by his arm, but there are a handful of wonderful scenes that transcend the film – particularly its anti-hero’s argument with his estranged wife (Elizabeth Sellars), his bedtime monologue, and the very moving sequence with the coal train.

    This is a halfway house between Bogarde’s sociopath and matinee idol roles. Tiger Bay took the premise and did it rather better.

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★

    The attempts to frame the tour in socio-political terms are half-hearted and unconvincing, but much of the live footage is sensational – Dylan trialling a theatrical persona and confrontational, hectoring vocal delivery, amidst fiddle-driven rock licks – and the film hits real emotional notes in its final third, with a deeply moving performance at a Native American community centre, and a climactic sequence about ‘Hurricane’ in which Dylan reclaims the protest territory he so memorably overwhelmed and then vacated in…

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  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★★

    You can take your Juno, your Scott Pilgrim, even your Heathers, and chuck them in a skip, because Ghost World just does it all so much better. Well, all of it that's worth doing. I'm beginning to think this melancholy, bitingly hilarious crystallisation of teen ennui might be the only film I'll ever really need.

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★★

    Wine is probably the most boring subject on Earth, so how come Payne’s film about a lonely, bitter best man (Paul Giamatti) taking the soon-to-be-groom (Thomas Haden Church) on a week-long tour of vineyards is so bloody good? Perhaps because of Giamatti’s astonishing characterisation, which imbues an arrogant, self-destructive, self-hating pseud with a completely disarming humanity. Or perhaps because it’s not really about wine at all, but love and friendship and the choices that people make that end up deciding…