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  • The Homesman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    The most singularly unusual entry in the Western genre in recent memory, and that's meant as a compliment.

    Unabashedly pessimistic, with a fine line in black humour. Not so much revisionist as stylishly realist, even surrealist by turns.

    Jones the actor is good, Swank's even better and Jones the director has an acute eye for the absurd. Well done.

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2014

    Flirts with hagiography, but the undeniable warmth, intelligence and openness of the film's subject wins out. Thumbs up.

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