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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    PTA reaffirms himself as the preeminent film maker working today with this complex, challenging and gripping mystery-romance. Utilizing masterful performances from DDL, Lesley Manville and standout newcomer Vicky Krieps, he somehow makes a relationship between a painfully meticulous fashion designer and sweet young waitress into something so much more.

    A study on love, control and power, among many other things, Phantom Thread is filled with beauty, tension and humour, a completely absorbing film that demands the audience's full attention and consideration and challenges them in a way only PTA can.

    Full review: deadlymoviesandtv.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/movie-review-phantom-thread/

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    Guillermo del Toro's latest venture into adult fairy tales results in one of the most engaging, fascinating and lovely films of recent years. Headed by a magnificent Sally Hawkins, del Toro puts an amazing cast to perfect use. With memorable characters and scenarios, The Shape of Water effortlessly draws you into a world filled with darkness and loneliness, by showing that there is hope if you show just a little bit of courage.

    I'm struggling to talk about this one, but I've written a little more here: deadlymoviesandtv.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/movie-review-the-shape-of-water/

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    I don't think I've ever had an experience in the cinema like the one I had with Whiplash. I sweated, I chewed all my fingernails off and when it finished I found it hard to walk out due to constantly straining all my muscles! This is an exercise in sustained tension the likes you would never expect to find in a film about music.

    The craft on hand in Whiplash is of the highest order. Damien Chazelle is a hugely…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    David Fincher doing a movie about psychopaths; probably one of the most strangely successful tags you could put to a film. Fincher's slick style and technical ability just seems to lend itself to producing thoroughly absorbing and involving films featuring the most nightmarish of people and plots.

    I do have to say I thought Gone Girl dragged a bit towards the end. I couldn't figure out how it would end and then it seemed like it never would! But I…