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  • Walt & El Grupo

    Walt & El Grupo

    ★★★½

    A documentary which gives a fascinating insight into the ten week goodwill tour of South America made by Walt Disney and a group of his artists in 1941. Great production values and I couldn’t get enough of the archival footage. However the back stories of the family members giving their recollections of the time did not add anything. I felt like there was so much more to be gained and as such it’s really only of value to Disney fans.

  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

    ★★★★★

    Bravo Almodovar! Five stars on your scorecard. Oh the sweet twisted insanity. Antonio Banderas in a whole new dimension. No synopsis here for fear of spoilers. This is precisely why I love Almodovar so much - he creates a whole world around his characters. He has fun with it, applies his own distinct dark style and finds the human story amongst the tragedy. Locked in as my #1 of 2011 - I can’t wait for a repeat viewing.

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  • Tucker and Dale vs Evil

    Tucker and Dale vs Evil

    ★★★★

    Preppy college kids clash with West Virginian hillbillies in a dilapidated mountain cabin. Shaun of the Dead Snow? A brilliant role-reversal parody.

  • A Separation

    A Separation

    ★★★★★

    The critics are largely unanimous that this is the film of the year. I find no cause for dispute - this is an exceptionally well made and thought provoking family drama. While the core thread of the story may be considered somewhat unique to Iran the, themes of morality and virtues are universal. The tagline ‘ugly truth, sweet lies’ really captures the essence of a film that goes further than simply explore the cultural roles within modern Iranian society, it…