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  • Heartbreak Ridge

    Heartbreak Ridge

    ★★

    Clint Eastwood has convincingly kicked ass in the streets of San Francisco, the towns of the Old West and even as a septuagenarian in suburban Michigan, but when it comes to tormenting rookie troops - leave it to R. Lee Ermey or Louis Gossett Jr. Unlike those men, Eastwood is not one for shouting; in fact, I don't think he's capable of it. All he's able to muster is a strained growl that becomes comically unnatural when he orders his…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    This is the second time I've seen the original film in the past five years and it confirmed, alas, that time has not been kind to it. After having thoroughly creeped me out as a kid, today the slow pacing struggles to create tension and the eventual murders are tame, almost amateurishly so. Indeed, Laurie's discovery of the murders is more likely to cause a modern audience to laugh rather than scream. A reflection of their taste, perhaps, but also…

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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

  • 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)