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  • Zama

    Zama

    ★★★★

    The Waiting is the hardest part

  • Detroit

    Detroit

    I am currently too conflicted on this film to give it a star rating. I usually try to avoid seeking a 'woke' political perspective on a film and I try to keep an open mind even when a film displays politics with which I disagree. The small minority of people who dismissed Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret at the time of its release for somehow being a 'right wing film' just strike me as being wilfully reductive. Also, whilst I'm undoubtedly not…

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  • Evolution of a Filipino Family

    Evolution of a Filipino Family

    ★★★★

    '...the three of us will go on living'

    A humanist paen to stoicism and endurance, with form and content very well matched. Diaz is both frustrating and fascinating.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★

    Forgive me, but I just do not understand the love for this film. As a musician, I am perplexed by its extraordinary inaccuracies but I am even more baffled by the indulgences shown to its narrative deficiencies. The one believable moment is when Andrew leaves his drumsticks behind in the car rental office. More or less everything else fails to ring true.

    There are numerous musical and institutional errors. The emphasis on speed and tempo as the be-all-and-end-all of musical…