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  • Risk

    Risk

    ★★★★

    Following on from Citizenfour, Laura Poitras' Risk plays like a genuine spy conspiracy thriller, granted unrestricted access to Julian Assange and the Wikileaks organisation for five years. Letters are burnt, hotel rooms wiped down and covert conservations held nervously in the woods. In a moment that has probably become the norm for him now, Assange dyes his hair, pops in contact lenses and speeds off on a bike through the streets of London, dressed in head to toe in motorcycle…

  • Machines

    Machines

    ★★★★½

    As concerns grow in the West about the looming threat of automation, debut director Rahul Jain reminds us of the human automation that underpins much of our own capitalist structure. His camera unflinchingly observes the Dickensian working conditions of a giant textile factory in Gujarat, India, watching and speaking with the men who are worked to exhaustion. The further we travel through each level of the dilapidated factory, beyond the grimy mechanics and the dehumanised workers, the harder it becomes to decipher exactly which machines the title is alluding to.

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    There is Daniel Day Lewis' performance, a standard which has become almost ludicrously normal for the man now. Paul Thomas Anderson's assured writing and direction instils an epic feel within the stripped down surroundings. Then there is the music. The score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will be the first thing that coats you in the thickness of the black atmosphere.

    Greenwood's compositional skills have developed over the arc of Radiohead's career, pushed forward after the group dropped their guitars post…

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    How do you ever begin to top a directorial debut such as this? Well Sidney Lumet certainly gave it is best shot over the years that followed creating an enviable filmography packed with cinematic gems. That he can turn a simplistic set-up of twelve men stuck together in a steaming hot room, into such a in-depth social, intellectual and thrilling 90 minutes speaks volumes for the man.

    What does remain a mystery is how the creator of the screenplay Reginald…