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  • Raw

    Raw

    ★½

    A college freshman (freshwoman?) in a French veterinary school is forced to eat raw rabbit kidney as a hazing ritual, in spite of being a vegetarian. She soon finds she has an insatiable thirst for meat, especially human flesh.

    I can’t decide if I just watched someone’s attempt at a ‘powerful’ message about a young woman’s identity, or a hilarious parody of art house cinema. The fits of laughter in the room as our protagonist Justine tucks into her sister’s…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★★

    A black guy dating a white girl go away for a weekend to visit her family home out in the countryside. Shit gets weird.

    It’s extremely important I don’t give anything away here, not because of some daft twist but because sitting back and watching this unfold without any idea of what’s coming is the best course of action.

    For now I’ll just say that this is the funniest, smartest, most terrifying film I have seen in a very very…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    A former super hero franchise movie star tries to make it on the stage.

    As if we needed more proof that an Academy Award means very little, Birdman won best film.

    90% of this is supposed to come off as one take, the parts being spliced together smoothly using movie magic. That’s quite the technical feat and it sort of works. Ironically enough it’s also one of the film’s greatest weaknesses.

    What’s the point in having what is a film-defining…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    A man (Jake Gyllenhaal) carves a niche for himself capturing video footage of horrific accidents then selling it on to news stations. The lengths he goes to in order to do his job get more and more extreme.

    This one has knocked me for six. Gyllenhaal pulls off the performance of a lifetime in this neo-noir thriller. He plays creepy sociopath Lou Bloom, with a shit eating grin and a head full of bland business mottoes off the internet. Somehow…