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  • Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    ★★★

  • In Fabric

    ★★★★★

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

  • The Vast of Night

    ★★★

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  • Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    ★★★

    Sometimes you're just in the mood for a big dumb film. This was that film, and it hit the spot.

  • In Fabric

    In Fabric

    ★★★★★

    This film is everything you might want from a Peter Strickland film: weird, creepy, funny, delightfully loopy, and visually arresting. I loved the whole thing from the skewed 1970s aesthetic, which reminded me of the satirical 'Scarfolk Council' publications, to the Nosferatu-like Department store manager. I think I'm going to have to watch it again to catch all the subtle detail on posters and so on in the background.

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells

    ★★★★★

    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • Venus

    Venus

    ★★★½

    A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.

    It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which…