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  • Black Book

    Black Book

    ★★★★

    Carice van Houten plays a Jewish singer in occupied Holland who sets out to take revenge on the Nazis who murdered her family.

    Good performances and well constructed with some terrific action set-pieces but not up to the standard of the director's best work (e.g. RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers).

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★½

    Aa dark satire on both US politics and it's obsession with image over substance and the High School system.

    Reese Witherspoon is spot-on as the student who is determined to win the election for student president at any cost; Matthew Broderick is the idealistic teacher shocked at the manipulative tactics she uses.

    A witty, clever, smart and very funny film.

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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★½

    Superbly directed by Cuaron, who was also responsible for the terrific Y Tu Mama Tambien and the stand out film in the Harry Potter franchise.

    And a word of praise for the sound design which, even on the small screen, is wholly immersive.

    Acting honours are stolen by Michael Caine's cameo as the dope fiend recluse who comes to Owen's aid.

    Visually stunning and inventive, the plot sags in places but it's well worth the effort.

  • In the Heat of the Night

    In the Heat of the Night

    ★★★★

    Norman Jewison's film was (along with the same year's "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner") one of the first mainstream US film to confreront that country's instutional racism.
    Released at the height of the Civil Rights Movement's campaign for racial equality the story tells of Sidney Poitier's elegant decent Philadelphia cop who finds himself arrested and charged with murder during a visit to the Deep South.

    The entire film is drenched in an atmosphere of hatred, distrust and bigotry but makes…