From the directors of A CAT IN PARIS.
THE ONES BELOW ★★★☆☆
Over-egged, but not unenjoyable, Brit baby boom psychological horror.
BEASTS OF NO NATION ★★★★☆
Child soldiers. Up there with JOHNNY MAD DOG and WAR WITCH. Director-writer-producer-DoP Fukunaga in total command.
BEEBA BOYS ★½☆☆☆
Excruciating gangster posturing. Dialogue and acting that would not be out of place in an adult film. A real shame.
Second Oscar in a row for director Iñárritu?
Out to own today:
Spooks: The Greater Good
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART ★★★½☆
Decades spanning melancholia from Jia Zhang-ke. Pessimistic we-are-all-islands conclusion is not as depressing as you might think.
JIA ZHANG-KE, A GUY FROM FENYANG ★★★☆☆
Walter Salles doc on the lauded filmmaker. He is not what one expected. Diverting but cursory.
BLOOD OF MY BLOOD ★★☆☆☆
Tedious Euro nun-sploitation, and modern vampire guff, merge to lacklustre effect.
HE NAMED MALALA ★★★★☆
A charming documentary soaked in positivity. Humanism and bravery are at the forefront. Nature vs nurture as a beacon.
MEN AND CHICKEN ★★★½☆
The doyens of Danish film put on facial prosthetics for an enjoyably messed up genetics comedy.
21 NIGHTS WITH PATTIE ★★★☆☆
Sexy French comedy drama. Ensconced in an idyll, Isabelle Carré confronts anxieties as she encounters a plethora of oddballs.
A teaser that eases you into its world.
A move based on an app…
An entire film of war on drugs collateral damage.
My kind of action movie:
- morally ambiguous
- achingly stylish
- palpable sense of dread
- something to say about the world
- ethnic diverse cast
- kick ass female and male leads (Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro)
- pessimism with glimmers of hope
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