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  • Catfight

    Catfight

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Possibly more readily known as ‘That film where Sandra Oh and Anne Heche beat each other up’, Onur Tukel’s Catfight has plenty to offer beyond that initial premise, offering up a near farcical satirical look at the lives of pent-up New Yorkers.

    Whilst attending a birthday party that doubles as a celebration for her husband’s latest contract for the military, Veronica (Oh) bumps into former college friend Ashley (Heche), a struggling artist serving drinks to pay her way. The exchange…

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Maudlin garbage.

    No explanation given as to how, when or why Florence became so infantilised. She appears to have been treated as a dotty old woman from the exact moment she was diagnosed with syphilis at 18.

    It's like praising a child's painting and pinning it on the fridge to show love and encouragement, even though it would never hang on the wall of a gallery. It's a situation that the child eventually grows out of, but Florence has somehow…

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

    A wonderful character drama with two remarkable central performances. Equally hilarious and touching, Lost In Translation is a study of two people who have lost their place in the world. Whilst staying in Tokyo, Bill Murray's washed up Hollywood star and Scarlett Johansson's married too young philosophy graduate bond as a result of their isolation and being out of place in a foreign city.

    The wandering early stages of the film and its leisured pace help to convey the loneliness…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★½

    Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an extraordinary film, both in its conception and its execution. In a world of ballooning budgets and opening weekend projections, a film like Boyhood shouldn’t exist, but thankfully it does and the end product is an endlessly fascinating and rewarding experience.

    Boyhood follows Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up in Texas with his elder sister Samantha(Lorelai Linklater) and his separated parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) over 12 years, from early childhood to the…