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  • Dark Night

    Dark Night

    ★★★★

    It’s best to ignore the blunt tactlessness of the title; Sutton’s manner is measured and thoughtful. Dark Night may be shot and set in Sarasota, Florida, but the sociological complexities reflected upon here are pertinent throughout the US population, and beyond. DP Hélène Louvart’s visual compositions are etched with an eerie beauty, her camera stalking the residential streets of the Sunshine State with a creeping docu-style invasiveness that’s both stylistically and tonally evocative of Gus Van Sant’s Elephant. What we…

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★

    A gleefully extravagant homage to Toho's original creation, but only a fitfully entertaining film. Despite a minute dusting of political satire, and some fun set-pieces, this isn't the monster mash I wanted it to be; the deafening roars of the titular Kaiju drowned out by an incessant onslaught of heavy-footed exposition.

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  • Café Society

    Café Society

    ★★★

    What charms us are the cast. Jesse Eisenberg tactfully embodies the awkward magnetism we fondly remember being an intrinsic part of Allen’s own persona in the likes of Annie Hall and Manhattan, without ever lapsing into impersonation: the director’s wonderfully witty dialogue brilliantly brought to life through Bobby’s edgy demeanour. But it’s Kristen Stewart, an actress unfairly dismissed by many as simply having a sulky screen presence, who captivates. It’s a performance that’s subtle, never sullen. Vonnie’s level-headed intelligence and…

  • 24 Weeks

    24 Weeks

    ★★★★½

    As it was in her first feature Two Mothers, the crux of Berrached’s film is the exploration of how women choose to live their lives. In this case, it’s the study of someone forced to confront a major moral quandary for which there is no simple solution. And crucially, the writer/director never volunteers one. 24 Weeks has no easy answers to the questions it poses because, as it makes clear, there aren’t any – a formative lesson for us all.…