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  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    ★★★★

    A great performance from #AubreyPlaza - unnervingly funny and unsettling - in the dark smart satire of Matt Spicer's Ingrid Goes West, when those social media induced unrealistic aspirations to a fake ideal tide turn to ingratiation, assimilation and obsession, flowing all the way from the unstable, through neurotic to last-stop psychotic. I recognise a little too much of me in Ingrid for comfort. Yeah, I might not be full on Ingrid Goes West, but I'm definitely a bit Eagle Takes A Couple of Steps to the Left. It's an entertaining way to spend 98 minutes. See it at Curzon Bloomsbury.

  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

    ★★★½

    Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool has another terrific central performance from Annette Bening. She was fantastic in 20th Century Women, and she puts in another brilliant performance as Gloria Grahame, a former and fading star from Hollywood's golden era, who makes a connection, and has a heartfelt relationship with young, jobbing, Liverpudlian actor, Peter Turner, before she succumbs to illness and slowly fades. Credit too for Jamie Bell for his convincing and endearing portrayal of the love-struck younger Peter.…

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  • On Body and Soul

    On Body and Soul

    ★★★★

    Two damaged, socially hamstrung and emotionally locked in people experience a metaphysical connection and find each other. Tender, lovely drama, set against the mundanity of run of the mill modern life and the stark brutality of a slaughterhouse. The imagery is beautiful and ugly in equal measure, but the touching tenderness of that connection against that brutal backdrop really resonates. Lovely photography and natural lighting too. And the music cues, when they arrive are tone perfect. I really liked it. On Body and Soul is at Curzon Bloomsbury. Catch it if you get the chance.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★

    What a wonderful sense of time and place Call Me By Your Name creates for the warmth of its central romance, so credit to Director Luca Guadagnino, Cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, and Production Designer Samuel Deshors. A fresh, and refreshing, take on the awakening and forbidden love theme. The performances are excellent. See the languid and beautiful Call Me By Your Name at Curzon Bloomsbury.