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  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★½

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

    At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the Jury Prize was handed to Yorgos Lanthimos for The Lobster, which is overjoying, but the jury that year got the Screenplay prize so so wrong with Michel Franco’s empty pages of Chronic that I was left disheartened as to how a good, great screenplay can be measured at all. I’ve seen The Lobster more than once, and I feel privileged to have done so. I’ve also read the unproduced screenplay, and am thrilled…

  • Passengers

    Passengers

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

    Morten Tyldum decided that after making the pulsating, brilliant Headhunters in his native Norway that he would downgrade, flying off to make the English-language The Imitation Game. After that was over-lavished with Academy Award nominations, he got the opportunity to direct a big budget sci-fi movie with none other than Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Sounds promising, right? Let’s fast-forward to Passengers then. This once eagerly-anticipated movie was an avalanche, as it turns out Passengers is nothing short of a…

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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★★

    It is not always enough to say we enjoyed the motion pictures that slipped under the viewing net, because we loved them so. The wife spoke passionately about this recently. Far too many films go unnoticed, unseen, which means both the industry and the audiences are missing out. Landing a very limited run in Los Angeles so it could qualify for an awards run, Makoto Shinkai’s blistering wonder that is Your Name, had little chance of an Oscar nomination because…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    There are old fashioned crime tales of outlaws and the law on their trail, and gripping family dramas driven by blood and money. David Mackenzie's extraordinary modern western, Hell or High Water, incorporates much of the classic bank robbers on the run scenario, with deep-rooted and finely-tuned characters, not to mention a compelling, contemporary yarn set in America's Southwest. This is not just about criminal exploits, turns out to be about people with gritty determination too.

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