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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★½

    During the opening credits, morbidly obese women dance joyfully in flesh-jiggling slow motion, completely butt naked except for a couple of high school bandleader props. If ever there was a way to instantly set a subversively idiosyncratic tone, this has to be it.

    Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) is an affluent art gallery owner who has a passion for work that has a grotesque or aggressive bent. Her personal life is cold and hollow, especially when it becomes evident that her…

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    The Girl with All the Gifts

    ★★★★

    In recent years, zombies have virtually saturated the horror market with multiple movies, television shows and games. They’ve now become almost commonplace and have certainly lost some of their previous unique appeal.

    So heading into The Girl With All the Gifts, I was only mildly interested. I knew that it featured some sort of zombie apocalypse but the title made it sound different so I thought I’d give it a go.

    It opens with an immediately intriguing setup.

    A 10-year-old…

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who joined the U.S. army in 1942 with every intention of doing his part to help in the fight against the Japanese. However, as a committed Christian and the 6th commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' firmly in his mind, he refused to touch a rifle, wanting to serve solely as a battlefield medic.

    If Doss did even half of the heroic deeds depicted in this movie, it's truly amazing.…

  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★

    So we can scientifically break down this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominations into three key categories:

    1. Acting!!
    Fences, Manchester By the Sea, Moonlight.

    2. True Story, bro
    Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, Lion.

    3. Workin’ Nine to Five
    La La Land (Morning), Hell or High Water (Afternoon), Arrival (Evening).

    Okay, that last group might only make sense to me but Lion falls very firmly into the second category.

    Saroo Brierley was just 5 years old when he fatefully wandered onto…