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  • True History of the Kelly Gang

    True History of the Kelly Gang

    ★★★★

    In his fourth feature, director Justin Kurzel has plunged Antipodean folklore into a hellscape reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, creating a harsh, barren experience that is surreal yet acutely human.

    Anyone expecting a history lesson will be disappointed by the opening announcement “nothing you are about to see is true”. After all, Ned Kelly is to Australia what Rasputin is to Russia – a figure of mythical proportions. Adapting Peter Carey’s 2001 novel, screenwriter Shaun Grant uses this line to fix…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★½

    This is the film Gosford Park should've been - fun, characterful and genuinely intriguing. Knives Out breaks the stuffy shackles of the genre while maintaining its quaint charm, and no performer exemplifies this more than Daniel Craig, whose southern drawl was most impressive to my limey ears. Not a film I will dwell on, but a punchy take on the whodunit, nonetheless. Michael Shannon's in it, too, and that's always a good thing.

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The first thing that must be said about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is that it is a step in the right direction for Martin McDonagh. Everyone loved In Bruges, it was a perfect blend of the dark and the humorous, and it had a lot of heart, too. However, that pathos was lost in his sophomore feature Seven Psychopaths, which favoured cineliterate metafiction and frivolous pop-culture gags.

    A cursory read of the synopsis will tell you that Three Billboards

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★½

    With just a few exceptions, Aguirre, Wrath of God has dull characters, uninspired camera work (especially considering the beautiful location), painfully wooden performances, poor dubbing and, above all, woefully ponderous plotting.

    However, if you cast your mind back to the beginning of the film, past everything that makes Aguirre so tedious, it actually starts quite well. We see the conquistadors descending the side of a misty cliff, with Popol Vuh's eerie score creating an ethereal ambience, and it was establishing…