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  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★½

    Here’s a charming love story to the forgotten towns of France rarely seen by the outside world, presented with a picture postcard beauty by legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda and internationally acclaimed conceptual artist JR. The pair make for an incredibly odd screen partnership; one is an elderly woman slowly losing her sight and rapidly approaching her 90th birthday, while the other is an artist who has never revealed his true identity and publicly hides behind a pair of shades, like…

  • The Bad Batch

    The Bad Batch

    ★★★½

    Not the ponderous arthouse disaster so many have claimed it to be, The Bad Batch is an extremely confident sophomore feature from director Ana Lily Amirpour. Between this and her debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, she has proved herself to be a master of world building, creating strange dystopian societies that you can't help but want to explore in great detail- and thankfully, her lack of interest in typical narrative structures means that we do get a…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    With the blockbuster success of Fifty Shades of Grey in cinemas worldwide, many pundits are claiming that this marks a new era for “sex positive” movies- and much more importantly, the basic idea of a woman being as sexually open as her male counterparts not being a source of cinematic shame, but one of pride. It’s only been two decades since what I dub the “unofficial Michael Douglas misogyny trilogy” of Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Disclosure hit cinemas, films…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I’ve seen plenty of alien invasion movies in my time, with the vast majority depicting a visit from intergalactic travellers as the trigger for mass hysteria across the globe. Arrival is the most realistic alien invasion movie I have ever seen, because the announcement of spaceships landing on planet earth is greeted with a quiet paranoia. Director Denis Villeneuve portrays this in a delicate way- he isn’t prone to overstatement, instead slowly depicting a globalised fear of the unknown in…