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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    ★★★★½

    Pretty sure the last time I saw this was in the cinema almost exactly ten years ago. It was particularly memorable because I was out of the country when the film came out, but due to its massive popularity it was still running weeks later when I returned. Except by that point virtually everyone had seen it, so I managed to watch one of the biggest releases of the time with the entire screen all to myself; one of a…

  • Lore

    Lore

    ★★★★

    I’m always interested in less familiar views of WW2 and this is another excellent example, following the effects on a German family immediately after the news of Hitler’s demise.

    The oldest teenage daughter, Lore, is left to get her younger siblings to the security of their grandmother’s house across the country after their Nazi parents are taken.

    This involves a maelstrom of emotions for Lore as she struggles to deal with her world being upended combined with the basics of survival, uncertainty, revelations, and prejudices challenged. Highly recommended.

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  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece of tension through expert direction of scenes where threat is all around but violence is unpredictable, sometimes exploding out of nowhere and other times menacing for excruciating periods before simmering down and letting us breath again.

    The actions carried out by the main protagonists in this bloody war are quite awe inspiring but also fairly terrifying and more than a little disturbing. Whatever it takes?

    Highly recommended.

  • The Lost Boys

    The Lost Boys

    ★★★★

    “Your dog knows a flesh-eater when he smells one.”

    Amazingly this was the first time I’d ever watched this 80’s classic from start to finish. Plenty of my friends used to talk about how cool this film was when I was younger, but I’d only ever seen a few moments here and there on TV (when it was probably censored).

    It’s a load of slightly cheesy, silly horror fun with moody bad boys and hilarious comic book loving, monster hunting…