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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful and surprisingly fresh take on love, celebrity and addiction. Lady Gaga and Cooper were both exceptional and almost every single song hits the mark. On top of his clear career best acting work, Cooper also shows terrific ability behind the camera, crafting a vibrant film that is at once intimate and expansive.

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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle secures his hat-trick of excellent films with this conventionally unconventional take on one of mankind's greatest moments. If someone like Ron Howard made this film (no knock on Apollo 13), it wouldn't reach anywhere near the heights it does. Chazelle's flare and dare I say it, pretensions, as well as the flawless technical aspects, elevate this to something a little more special.

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    - The sound is brilliant - bringing the audience right into the frame and…

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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…