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  • Journeyman

    Journeyman

    ★★★★

    It's been too long since Paddy Considine's debut feature Tyrannosaur, which, inspired by the tradition of stark British realism, managed to become one of the very best examples of it.

    Journeyman is a robust sophomore effort, further proving Considine's talent for deeply affecting drama. The premise of this film could so easily become trite if it got into schmaltzy hands, but Considine is just too good at hitting the viewer's nerve with his tactfully balanced story and dialogue. His performance is also superb... (TBC)

  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    ★★★★

    The surname Dahmer, along with Brundy and Gacy, has become synonymous with evil, most often in a pulpy, tabloid fashion. The latter two were veritable psychopaths - pathologically dishonest and malevolently selfish to their cores. Of course, Dahmer was responsible for all manner of abhorrent crimes; indeed, his grisly post-mortem activities made him arguably worse. Yet, despite the horrific revelation of the 'Milwaukee Cannibal' in the summer of 1991, there was more humanity to him than his ghoulish contemporaries. This…

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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

  • Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World

    Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World

    ★★★★

    Blurred Lines shows how the contemporary gallery system is a cynical industry with little creative merit that caters for posturing, vacuous idiots with a narcissistic compulsion to feel cultured and important. Indeed, it is this vain urge that serves as the lifeblood of this racket, and the 'art consultants', armed with their finely tuned affectations, mould this urge with maddeningly obscurist spiels that are just beyond parody. The rank pseudo-intellectualism that these people spew and the poseurs who feign understanding…