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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★

    With no pre-existing live-action version, this version was perceived as and held to different expectations than if it was just an American remake, which isn't necessarily fair but whitewashing of Asian roles is a pertinent issue.

    The filmmakers seem to be aware of this, but the plot points included to avoid suggesting that Scarlett Johansson is Japanese (i.e. actual yellowface) are presented in an astonishingly sheepish and fleeting manner. If they'd taken the time to properly address the situation they…

  • Welcome to Me

    Welcome to Me

    ★★★

    Kristen Wiig shines once again. Hilarious and bizarre without ever wholly satisfying, but I kinda wished it was a tad longer.

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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…