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  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★★

    A fairly solid, violent road rage flick with a sweaty, overweight, gravel voiced Russell Crowe as the rager and a decent cast filling out the disbelieving family terrorised by the man over a perceived slight that somehow pushes Crowe's character completely off the deep end quite near the start of the film.
    Whatever your thoughts about Crowe, he really commits to this performance!
    There's barely time to set up the machinations of the plot before tyres start screeching and various victims bite the dust here and there.
    A thrilling climax barely 90 minutes later wraps things up pretty efficiently.

  • That Certain Summer

    That Certain Summer

    ★★★★★

    Trailblazing U.S. TV movie (from 1972!!) featuring a sympathetic gay relationship between Martin Sheen (Gary) and Hal Holbrook's (Doug) characters.
    The essence of the story revolves around Doug's young teenage son Nick (an excellent Scott Jacoby) visiting his dad, who has left his wife and entered into a romantic relationship with another man, (Sheen) which requires Nick to come to terms with homosexuality in general as well as his father's new love affair.
    Very well made with terrific performances from…

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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    As others are stating, this has Malick's most cohesive narrative since Badlands and even parts of The Thin Red Line.
    However, it still exhibits at least some of the dream-like voice-over, jump cuts, gorgeous cinematography and music cues of much of his post The New World work.
    The plot itself is a real heartbreaker, intense, anger-inducing and beautifully acted by a superb and mostly unknown cast.
    Call me a convert all over again because this is pure gold cinema at its finest and most lyrical.

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★★

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

    Utterly stunning directorial debut from designer Tom Ford which comes off like the work of a seasoned pro.
    Working from his own adaptation (with David Scearce) of the novel by Christopher Isherwood, Ford elicits terrific performances from Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult as well as a riveting turn from Colin Firth in the title role as a tightly wound lecturer planning suicide after the death of his lover (Matthew Goode).
    The scene where Firth is on the phone to his…