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  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    ★★★½

    The release of Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library makes it 41 feature film documentaries and counting, the master of observational cinema is still as committed as ever to taking us behind the scenes of key institutions and organisations as he has done for the past 50 years. At almost three-and-a-half hours long his latest release is in keeping with the length of many of his recent efforts, using the same understated style that has seen him…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★½

    Although the ending of The Incredibles teased the continuation of the story, no matter how many times you watched it again there was never a feeling you needed to see what happened once the Underminer had announced his sudden arrival in Metroville. The story of the Parr family was so well told within the time allowed it felt like the perfect standalone animation film that could fend off the need for a sequel.

    Pixar thought so at the time too…

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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…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Getting the right person onboard who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When a director can focus their lens onto a face that tells a story of its own, the hardest part of capturing the attention of the audience is done.

    Very quickly after…