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  • The Child 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    Not as compelling as I expected it to be - I'm a lover of low-key, but this didn't always keep me as enthused as I'd hoped. Still, at its heart it's a truly powerful story, and it's acted beautifully, even if I found the characters difficult to invest in, from any angle.

  • The Kid with a Bike 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    A refreshingly honest, naturally moving and evolving picture. The themes of love, loss and the search for connection weave together neatly, and the titular Kid makes a great outlet for the Dardennes' powerful story. It's a structurally barebones movie, but with some really complex issues at its heart, and it's really heart-rending to see a three-dimensional child struggle with such a difficult situation. In terms of looks, this is brighter than early Dardennes, but it still feels uber-naturalistic, and the limited non-diegetic sound enhances the experience thoroughly.

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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    Unsettling and horrifying, like the bastard brainchild of David Lynch, Scott Graham of rural Scotch drama Shell, and that one nightmare that you just can't shake, the one you fear will haunt your subsconcious for decades to come.

    There's so much to pore over. The eerie, beautiful acoustics are probably the highlight: there's this one key music sequence that plays multiple times throughout the movie, and it's the greatest marriage of soundtrack and visuals since the Twin Peaks love theme.…

  • Diana 2013

    Watched 21 Sep, 2013 4

    I demand someone, somewhere be held responsible for this atrocity. Wooden, sloppy and hilariously silly, this is amateur-hour filmmaking and a disappointment on every level. Avoid. For your own sake. (Mitigating factor: Naveen Andrews does his best.)