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  • The Invisible Guest

    The Invisible Guest

    ★★★½

    A compelling, highly intriguing murder mystery which recovers from a shaky start to become positively gripping and suspenseful.

    By telling the story in flashback and from several points of view, not all of them legitimate, TIG plays with its viewers, asking them to not only figure it out for themselves but also to decide if the film's protagonist is good or bad.

    Ultimately, it's only let down by taking one twist too many, and aiming for shocks and surprises rather than plausibility.

  • Buster's Mal Heart

    Buster's Mal Heart

    ★★★

    As soon as the film started I thought to myself, "I'm going to love this." It had all the criteria to become a firm favourite; an actor I greatly admire (Rami Malek), a strange, otherworldly feel, and a sense of mystery and intrigue which invites the viewer to pull up a chair and enjoy the ride.

    And for at least half its duration that sense of intrigue abides as we're shown how family-loving, tax-paying, slightly stressed Jonah becomes law-breaking, wildman…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Having been unmoved by the generously-received, Force Awakens, I quite enjoyed this entry into the SW franchise. Much of this enjoyment came from the dual leads, Felicity Jones on the side of good, Ben Mendelson ('World's Greatest Actor') on that of evil.

    Jones in particular is dynamic as the spiritual leader of a rebel group sent to track down the Death Star diagnostics, and it's somewhat of a shame that she wasn't cast in the role Daisy Ridley occupies in…

  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★½

    A horrendous mess of a film, a slapdash hotchpotch of montages, hurried exposition and woeful dialogue; I doubt I'll see anything as bad this year.

    For the majority it's like a Wikipedia entry with actors as 'witty' anecdotes are slathered across the screen. Like, for instance, the story of the Jewish man selling Catholic bibles who gets hired to run an entire restaurant. This entire scene lasts all of a minute and is then forgotten about.

    Perhaps somewhere deep down…