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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    Denis Villeneuve soars into the upper echelon of working directors with this visually spectacular and engrossing sequel that compliments and expands upon Ridley Scott's original.

    The Blade Runner world is again vividly realised but is this time populated by even more intruiging characters, both human and otherwise. Roger Deakins does close to his best work in a storied career.

    Featuring a terrific cast of stars and relative unknowns alike, 2049 is full of the "what does it mean to be…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★

    Oddly moving and satisfying, A Ghost Story is a singular achievement from the mind of David Lowery, with interesting comments to make on life's big issues. Framing and lens techniques further enhance the uniqueness of the film, but nothing does this as well as Casey Affleck standing around under a bed sheet. What is at first just silly and strange, the ghost gradually becomes a figure capable of eliciting both dread and sympathy from the audience. The first half is unnecessarily slow, but a commitment and openness to this film will leave you wholly rewarded.

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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…