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  • Intouchables 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Fantastic: moving and uplifiting, without ever being sentimental or saccharine.

  • Mud 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    I thought this was brilliant. All the cast give stunning performances (particularly the actors playing the two boys, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) and it has a realism and emotional weight that isn't very common.

    The story starts as a kind of 'kids go off on their own and have an adventure' thing, but quickly deepens and becomes much more complex. It's quite tough and unsentimental, but all the better for that.

    The landscape also provides a brilliant character of its own, and the photography reveals that well without trying to make it too pretty. Great film.

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  • The Secret of Kells 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2011

    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • The Four Times 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Dec, 2011

    This isn't a film you should see if you demand that films have a dense plot, exciting dialogue, thrilling suspense and so on. This is a nearly wordless film (there's certainly no dialogue) and almost nothing of great note happens. And yet it is a really beautiful film.

    We observe (I use that word deliberately) a community in Calabria with the focus in each quarter of the film on a slightly different thing. First we follow an elderly goatherd and…