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  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    ★★★½

    Ridiculously cute and genuinely funny. The final third feels a touch contrived, but for the opening hour we're talking Easy A calibre stuff.

  • Unfriended: Dark Web

    Unfriended: Dark Web

    ★★★½

    Grimmer than the first, and consequently a little harder to enjoy. Still, it's taut and packed with visual ingenuity. Solid genre piece and excellent encouragement to tape up your webcam.

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  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    Guillermo Del Toro's stance as a film-maker of immense storytelling prowess and visual creativity went mainstream with the release of this foreign gem in 2006. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, "Pan's Labyrinth" subscribes to fairy-tale archetypes cleverly, and delicately presents a little princess in need of escape from the evils of the world around her. Phenomenal creature design, cinematography and a screenplay that works as beguiling ethereal fantasy entertainment and an incisive commentary on the horrors of war. Sensational. If you haven't yet seen it, I urge you to rectify this gaping chasm in your viewing history.

  • Tigerland

    Tigerland

    ★★★★½

    That the same bloke who made "Batman & Robin" also made "Tigerland" is pretty staggering. Gritty and restrained, "Tigerland" is a powerful look at the training process Vietnam grunts had to go through on American soil, depicting a military regime turned savage by a war that demanded it. Colin Farrell broke out on the back of his work here, and he's pretty fantastic, exuding charm and conflict as a cadet desperately trying to evade service. Schumacher's visuals almost pitched at the…