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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★½

    There’s not much more to say about Yorgos Lanthimos’ unapologetically enigmatic Dogtooth that hasn’t already been said. It is ambiguous to the point of pretentiousness, sexually virtuous to the point of pornographic; but the sense of poetic realism that seeps through the cracks is to be admired.

    I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed it, but I’m glad it exists. Originality is what separates these projects from the gargantuan recycling industry that is Hollywood. 

    Watch it. Admire it. But above all: question it.

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★★

    Jon S. Baird’s biopic about the extraordinary lives of comic duo Laurel and Hardy is a heart-warming and poignant story that is as delightful as it is accurate.

    Brought to life by a duo of transformative performances by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie is only as good as it is because of them. The slapstick physicality between the pair almost mimics the genius of their subjects, and their chemistry seeps through the screen. Together they were hilarious,…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    My first cinema experience of 2019: Yorgos Lanthimos’ lush period revenge piece that is as extravagant as the crimson coated hallways in which the Queen rolls down. 

    Right off the bat, the performances in Lanthimos’ latest outing are Earth-shattering. It’s a tug-of-war romance story with the delightful Olivia Colman in the middle of it all, with Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz tugging at her outstretched arms. Stone’s angellically satanic as the former lady seeking to climb back up the social…

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★★

    There has been an abundance of heavy, thought-provoking and emotionally stimulating films this year, but none have been as aesthetically pleasing nor as deeply moving as Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace; a story about survival, PTSD and anti-consumerism within an expertly crafted father/daughter relationship. 

    The duality between the father and daughter is achieved by a duo of internal, almost subconscious performances by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie; a tightly woven family unit whose unconditional love for one another surpasses social…