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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★

    An intriguingly multi-layered study of one of the twentieth century's most famous examples of public grief, Chilean director Pablo Larrain's 'Jackie' offers a riveting central performance from Natalie Portman as the otherworldly princess of Camelot whose husband's past catches up with him in the most gruesomely public way imaginable.

    Roughly chronological, the film concentrates on the immediate aftermath of the 1963 assassination and the fraught preparations for a Lincoln-echoing state funeral procession through the streets of Washington, but is interspersed…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    So glad to have finally watched Terrence Malick's rather astonishing The Tree of Life, in which the depiction of one family's life in mid-1950s Texas is shot through with superb performances, particularly from Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, and the singular Malick lyrical imagery reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick at his peak. If like me you loved Richard Linklater's Boyhood, add this to your must-see list. (PS it has dinosaurs too)

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    Finally after all the waiting, Interstellar is out and it's definitely worth seeing. Is it perfect? No, there are noticeable problems. A reasonably large chunk of the dialogue was undecipherable thanks to McConaughey's close-mouthed drawl and the cacophonous background noise, although that may have been due to the sound mix at the Embassy rather than the film-maker. The long Earth-bound setup drags somewhat and commits the ultimate sin of actually being boring in places - too much explanation is superfluous.…

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★★★

    If there's one thing that this gripping and truly unhinged epic teaches us, other than the fact that Denis Lavant offers an undeniably fantastic performance, it is that in terms of portability, your Minogue is clearly far more practical than your Mendes. So: plan accordingly.