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  • Swallow

    Swallow

    ★★★

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    Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ film Swallow stars Haley Bennett as Hunter, a housewife distraught by her recent pregnancy who develops pica, an eating disorder that makes her crave objects that could potentially jeopardise her life. From the beginning of the film, it is clear that Hunter has no autonomy. Her husband, Richie (Austin Stowell), and his parents Katherine (Elizabeth Marvel) and Michael (David Rasche) have complete hold over her.

    Through tears, Hunter smiles triumphantly as she…

  • Radioactive

    Radioactive

    ★★

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    Radioactive should have been a slam dunk. The life of Marie Curie is ripe for cinematic adaptation, and this one is directed by Marjane Satrapi, the French-Iranian filmmaker behind the autobiographical animation Persepolis and the underrated black comedy The Voices. Unfortunately, despite the occasional touch of Satrapi’s stylistic flair, this biopic veers wildly between simply flat and downright incompetent.

    Despite feeling long at 110 minutes, the film somehow manages to feel rushed at the…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★★

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    From the moment Lady Gaga was cast in this fourth big-screen iteration of A Star Is Born, everyone involved must have been thrilled to have its title take on such an obvious double meaning. She is, of course, already a global superstar, but as her character Ally increases in fame and status throughout the film so too does the evidence that Gaga has everything it takes to be a movie star too.

    She’s the…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

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    Damien Chazelle trades in the arts for the sciences with First Man, focusing in on Neil Armstrong’s moon landing in this handsome, technically astonishing awards contender. It’s a surprising choice for the Whiplash and La La Land director, moving from pacey musical drama into the realm of the biopic, scripted by The Post writer Josh Singer rather than Chazelle himself.

    For the most part, this change is handled extremely well, and Chazelle gets to…