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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    What happened to the Final Girl after she dropped the knife, hung up the comfort-towel and got on with it? That’s the question the new Halloween tackles, but it lacks the sense to honestly exploit it.

    Director David Gordon Green and star Jamie Lee Curtis (cinema's ultimate final girl) have been vocal in emphasising that the film's through-line is Laurie Strode and her trauma; how the events of the first film have shaped and altered the course of her life.…

  • Poor Animals

    Poor Animals

    ★★★★

    At once urgent and meditative, Swedish filmmaker Daniil Piispanen's short film mines some deeply personal territory.

    Johan is a man broken by grief. When we first meet him, he enters an empty church, sits on a pew and sobs freely into his hands. It is the only scene in which we see him as he truly is. An elderly woman with warm eyes notices him and offers a few words of comfort. Johan makes no response. He has bled life…

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  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★½

    The Imitation Game plays like the polite dinner conversation at a party, before drinks have been served to loosen everybody up. It's so mannered and inoffensive that it seems to come at us from the chamber of a prettily-furnished snow globe.

    It's a biopic that chronicles three interwoven periods in the life of mathematician Alan Turing, a solitary introvert who developed a machine that deciphered codes the Nazis used to deliver tactical messages during WW2. A latent homosexual, the film…

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    ★★★★★

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a bit of an anomaly. It's a film that is frightened of its own material.

    The reasons are manifold. Capote (who wrote the novella) wanted Marilyn Monroe for the part of Holly Golightly; the weed-smoking alcoholic prostitute who has a casual affair with a gigolo writer. The studio wanted Hepburn, whose image was less sexually overt and more dignified. Audrey’s prostitute needed to be enigmatic, so the more salacious material in the story was dropped. Meanwhile,…