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  • The Intruder

    The Intruder

    ★★★★★

    Make America Hate Again

    It is incredible just how relevant this film is to the world we live in today. Shatner's Adam Cramer could almost be a blueprint for Trump. As much as I enjoy everything else I've seen from Roger Corman, this is really something else, a film with substance and an important message.

  • The Devil's Doorway

    The Devil's Doorway

    ★★

    I'm always happy to see a film from Northern Ireland that's not about The Troubles and even more pleased to see a horror film from here, I can't actually think of any others to be honest. So, it's a bit of a shame that The Devil's Doorway is so tame, predictable and safe.

    It's clear that this is a low budget production but the film's setting, a Magdalene Laundry (where the Catholic church would hide all the unmarried, pregnant women,…

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  • Dark Skies

    Dark Skies

    ★½

    How to make a modern horror film:

    1 - Start with the certificate: Under no circumstances should you consider an 18/R rating
    2 - Assemble your cast: Make sure they fit the white, American, middle-class, 2.4 children archetype
    3 - If you have given these cast members any positive traits, immediately remove these. The audience can NOT have any reason to bond with these people.
    4 - Place your horror elements sporadically throughout the film, allow plenty of time for…

  • Nobody Knows

    Nobody Knows

    ★★★★★

    To make something so beautiful, so tender out of something so tragic and heartbreaking takes a real skill. Hirokazu Koreeda has perfected it.

    Not since Elephant Man has a film had this much of an emotional effect on me, it actually made me feel quite sick in my stomach in the last half hour and in the last 15 minutes or so I realised I was holding my breath.

    The young actors have left me gobsmacked at how flawlessly they…