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  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★

    A dark comedy that explores themes of family, trust, loyalty and guilt, we join Tomas, Ebba and their children as they arrive at a French ski resort for the week. Shortly after arriving, over breakfast, they witness an avalanche. Seemingly controlled, the landslide hurtles dangerously close to the holidaymakers, causing widespread panic and, in the heat of the moment, Tomas opts to rescue his phone and sunglasses rather than his wife and children. The following hour and a half is…

  • Gifted

    Gifted

    ★★★★

    The unexpected prodigy trope may not be the most original, but when it’s graced with characters as well-acted and sharply-written as this, that doesn’t matter. McKenna Grace is the obvious stand-out as focal point, Mary Adler, a charming child maths wunderkind, bored by the elementary problems presented to her at school yet at the same time demonstrating all the naiveté a girl her age should. Director, Marc Webb (Amazing Spider-man), surrounds Grace with a fantastic array of talent, not least…

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  • Shot Caller

    Shot Caller

    ★★★½

    Destined for my end of year Underappreciated Ten, this. Jaime Lannist… I mean Nikolaj Coster Waldau goes from investment manager to inmate in this tense, timeline-hopping drama that recounts the circumstances that led to his incarceration, tracks his journey behind bars and comes out the other end, an embittered product of ‘the system’ and neck-deep in the machinations of a violent LA gang. Supported by the likes of Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell and Holt McCallany, Waldau dominates every frame as…

  • The Boxtrolls

    The Boxtrolls

    ★★★½

    From Laika, the studio that most recently brought us Kubo and the Two Strings, comes this fable about a city infatuated with eradicating a colony of subterranean, trash-obsessed gremlins, and the orphan boy that falls into their care. Harking back to classic Grimm fairy tales, Boxtrolls delivers a darker breed of animation, filling it to the brim with adult themes of class, child/parent relationships and acceptance but also ensuring the kids have lots of fun too. There is something timeless…