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  • Dangal

    Dangal

    ★★★★

    This is a dazzling master class of a sports movie: I suspect I'm not the only viewer with absolutely no interest in women's freestyle wrestling who found it utterly gripping. Star and producer Aamir Khan, who spends practically the whole film looking splendidly cross, has form in loading the genre with subtext with the magnificent Lagaan (2001), and in many ways this is more direct and streamlined, tackling the story with a sports person's focus that eats up the customarily…

  • Deadly Prey

    Deadly Prey

    ★½

    The one thing I learned from watching this was that the most ridiculous and unrealistic depiction of dismemberment in the history of cinema is no longer the Black Knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Could be dismissed as a piece of harmless nonsense but it has a gloating, misanthropic tone which extends to a rape scene -- equally as inept as everything else about the film but it leaves a nasty taste.

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  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What kicks this up a notch from being a good film to a great film for me is the scene where Monty pressurises his best friend Frank into beating him up so he'll be less attractive to sexual predators in prison, while their close friend Jake looks on. What could have been an opportunity to indulge in sensationalist violence under cover of a superficial 'examination' of machismo and masculinity becomes a wrenching and emotional scene, extremely hard to watch not…

  • Stories We Tell

    Stories We Tell

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I particularly remember the moment when a discussion about truth and representation is accompanied first by an 8 mm shot of the real Harry Gulkin being dabbed with makeup for his interview, and then with similar shots of Sarah Polley coaching the actor playing her mother in the recreations. And the final revelation from Geoff Bowes, which like several other moments in this very emotional film, had me both laughing out loud and crying a little too.

    For all the…