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  • The Double 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    A shy and introverted office worker is horrified to find a charismatic and outspoken new employee is his exact physical Doppelgänger. Worst still, none of his disinterested colleagues appears to have noticed this surreal anomaly. Things go from strange to hostile when co-worker and neighbour, Hannah becomes embroiled in their increasing rivalry.

    THE DOUBLE is an ingeniously designed Orwellian dystopia in the vein of Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL but on a much smaller, more intimate scale. Adapted from the Fyodor Dostoyevsky…

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    Jeremy Saulnier's crowd-funded indie thriller is an impressively crafted and confidently assured genre gem. Made for less than a million dollars and with a predominantly unfamiliar cast, BLUE RUIN is a masterclass in what can be achieved through committing to a compelling premise and jettisoning all extraneous concerns.

    Macon Blair's central performance as the vulnerable protagonist Dwight Evans, who first acts out in vengeance and is then forced to commit increasingly violent acts in the name of survival, is searingly…

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2013 8

    First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.

    Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…

  • The Woman in Black 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2012

    Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.

    The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…