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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★½

    Bit of a disappointment this one. On the back of some very high praise, I made the mistake of watching with this with big expectations, similar to how I approached 2019's Parasite. And a lot like Parasite, it also deals with a poverty-stricken family, (but in Japan rather than Korea), and how the class structure forces the family's hand when it comes to their moral compass. Despite the giveaway title, they do have some etiquette in place, although they certainly…

  • The Invisible Guest

    The Invisible Guest

    ★★★★

    Following a recent welcome surprise with twisty thriller 'I See You', this Spanish film from director Oriol Paulo takes things to another level. And like 'I See You', this is a film you should absolutely see cold. The premise gives nothing away in the grand scheme of things - A businessman wakes in a hotel room to find his lover's body, and the door locked from the inside. A slam dunk for the authorities, or is there more to it?…

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  • Calm with Horses

    Calm with Horses

    ★★★½

    Director Nick Rowland certainly makes his mark here with this, his debut feature. It's a bleak, often both violent and touching story of 'Arm', a low rent enforcer for a particularly scummy criminal gang. It documents his struggle to be a father to an autistic 5 year old, whilst dealing with the increasing demands of his employer's needs. Cosmo Jarvis delivers a powerhouse performance as 'Arm', and has heavy shades of Matthias Schoenaerts in Bullhead. His equally hulking presence, combines…

  • The Mist

    The Mist

    ★★★★

    "We have Judas in our midst!"

    The fantastic Frank Darabont takes on yet another Stephen King based story after Shawshank, and The Green Mile. He more than proves that yet again, he's the man for the job.
    So, a change in genre for (a pre Walking Dead) Darabont , and he certainly knows how to ratchet up the tension. Whether it's the unseen beasties lurking in the mist, or the darkness lurking within the warring group thrown together in extreme…