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  • Her 2013

    ★★★ Added

    OS! Be Like a Wife! (Mikio Naruse, 1935)

  • American Hustle 2013

    Added

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a camera dollying into actors' faces - forever.

  • Prisoners 2013

    ★★★ Added

    Hard to take seriously a film which, in its first 10 minutes, features both a reading of the Lord's Prayer and a (albeit mangled) rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (yeah, we get it, this is about BIG IMPORTANT THEMES). Fortunately the film's increasingly absurd narrative twists, plus Jake Gyllenhaal's Method Blinking™ render this otherwise portentous hokum curiously entertaining (and c.f. the dreary MYSTIC RIVER, at least things are lit brightly enough to be able to see what's going on)

  • No One Lives 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    [For @20thCFlicks] When a ruthless hillbilly gang menace an itinerant couple at a remote roadside bar, they get considerably more than they bargained for: the mysterious man, referred to only as 'Driver', just so happens to be a near-superhuman killer, and after they discover a strange secret hidden in the boot of his car, the would-be robbers are duly terrorized themselves in increasingly gruesome fashion. As anyone who has seen Kitamura's previous films is likely to attest, he is a…

  • In Fear 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    Rural horror vigorously tense when rooted in ambiguity, suspicion & mistrust, but really drops the ball post-reveal

  • I Spit On Your Grave 2 2013

    ½ Added

    “Your honour, the accused has returned to admit to extra charges of xenophobia & breathtaking ineptitude”

  • Frankenstein's Army 2013

    ★★★ Added

    Steampunkish alt history concept interesting, story less so. Found footage aesthetic oddly anachronistic

  • Curse of Chucky 2013

    ★★½ Added

    Modest aims, partially achieved: frequently amusing, likeably knowing, if never greatly suspenseful

  • V/H/S/2 2013

    ★★★ Added

    Snappier than predecessor, though some problems remain: gimmicky nature of segments, and limp link narrative

  • We Are What We Are 2013

    ★★★★½ Added

    Irons out wrinkles of original, elegant Southern Gothic restyle teeming with Old Weird America resonances

  • Beyond the Hills 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    Austere, meticulously equivocal examination of the slow yet lingering perniciousness of institutionalisation. Shattering.

  • Like Father, Like Son 2013

    ★★★ Added

    Winning performances make this hard to dislike, but glib nature/nurture work thru feels disconcertingly broad for Koreeda