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  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Master
  • Paths of Glory
  • Call Me by Your Name

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  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    ★★★★

  • Career Girls

    ★★★

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

  • Moonlight

    ★★★★

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  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    Happy-Go-Lucky

    ★★★★

    Second part of my impromptu back-to-back Mike Leigh double-bill.

    Seen a few films recently which simply involve characters just Doing Stuff (e.g. Licorice Pizza, Petite Maman). It's a lovely (sub?)genre(?) of film and this is another great example. The last couple of scenes do feel a bit 'right this is where we're ending it now, better wrap this up', but the film has such an empathetic heart and key to that is Sally Hawkins, who is wonderful in this.

  • Career Girls

    Career Girls

    ★★★

    Had an impromptu back-to-back Mike Leigh double-bill and had a lovely time.

    There was something charming about this that ultimately didn't stop me finding it a bit insubstantial on reflection. Steadman and Cartlidge make an engaging pair, even if their performances as their characters' younger selves feel affected rather than wholly lived in. Leigh also tries to get away with a string of credulity-stretching coincidences by having the characters comments on how unbelievable it is, which doesn't really work.

    Perfectly watchable though.

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  • Before I Go to Sleep

    Before I Go to Sleep

    ★★★

    I have a personal anecdote to start my review of Before I Go To Sleep. Almost two years ago, not long after I turned 14, the casting director Nina Gold visited my school to audition some of the younger students for the new Paddington film. Whilst there, she asked one of the drama teachers if he knew anyone who would be suitable for a small role in the adaptation of S.J. Watson's novel Before I Go To Sleep. Very kindly,…

  • The Wave

    The Wave

    ★★★

    On paper, Die Welle seems like the kind of film you would expect Michael Haneke to make; an allegorical story with an important socio-political message that can feel like a lecture in the way it is told. As anyone who has watched - nay, endured - Funny Games will know, his work can often feel punitive, as if the viewer is being reprimanded for doing something wrong. Now, I happen to think that despite being incredibly unlikeable, Funny Games is…