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  • On the Way to School

    On the Way to School

    ★★

    A really interesting premise for a documentary that -whilst beautifully shot - falls apart once you realise how staged and forced everything is. It's a real shame because this could have been great.

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    ★★★★★

    Incredible animation, beautiful score, moving story. A film about life, death, creativity and love. What more could you want?

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    It's not often you can call a film perfect. There's countless movies out there that come very close, they're super enjoyable except for a couple of things that felt out of place, maybe there was a strange score choice or a certain actor didn't fit - any multitude of small problems can take a great film and sour it.

    Whiplash doesn't have any problems though, not one.

    From the first frame to the last, this film is utterly captivating. There's…

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Exodus: Gods and Kings

    ★★½

    Stunning visuals - some of the best I've seen in a long, long time. The Ridley Scott attention to detail is on full show here, with impeccable set design and a huge cast of extras to fill this world to the brim with interesting visual delights.
    Unfortunately, there's not a lot else to the film. The performances are solid, but the script itself stops any sort of emotional connection occurring with the characters.
    I appreciated some of thematic efforts to…