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  • Land of Mine

    Land of Mine

    ★★★★

    8 May 1945 may have been VE day for the Allies, but for roughly 2,000 German POWs were days, weeks and months of grinding misery and terror on the mine riddled beaches of Denmark. Writer/Director Martin Zandvliet turns this piece of WWII micro-history into a compelling story of hatred and humanity.

    The greatest strength of the film is the largely subtle and nuanced relationship between the boys and Sergeant Rasmussen, who is played with stern fury by Roland Moller. Rasmussen…

  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

    Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

    ★★½

    No attempt has been made to continue the narrative from Universal Soldier: Regeneration, so this latest reboot is just another excuse for all manner of wanton violence, and it does this really rather well with expert choreography and skilful editing. Now, the choreography doesn't quite match the frenetic velocity of The Raid series, but it certainly brushes shoulders with it on more than several occasions. The gunplay is never wasted, either. We see the bloody consequences of pretty much every…

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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

  • Pixote

    Pixote

    ★★★½

    Pixote is billed as the elder relative of Amores Perros and City of God, but this is just a marketing ploy for it does not have the style or energy of those films. For its first hour, Pixote actually shares more in common with Alan Clarke's Scum, although it falls far short of matching its powerfully visceral nastiness. This is because the pacing's slow, the narrative's uneventful and the style is cheap and televisual.

    However, the film morphs into a…