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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★

    Seemingly moving farther and farther away from the traditional narrative form with each subsequent movie, Terrence Malick will continue to divide opinion with this film.
    It has so much I hate in it - dreamy, soft-focus, visuals and overlong improvs being main culprits - but it also has some real resonance. Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Holly Hunter get some decent scenes, while ovaries may explode as Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling come together and double the charm and handsomeness quotient during all of their shared moments. Those sonsofbitches.

  • Modern Life Is Rubbish

    Modern Life Is Rubbish

    ★½

    Freya Manor is great here. Ian Hart is the best thing in it. Josh Whitehouse isn't. And nothing else is worth celebrating in a film that can best be described by dropping the first three words of the title.
    Not even really a film, this plays out more like an ad for smartphones showing youngsters having fun, attending concerts, having lots of Diet Coke breaks, driving sleek hybrid cars around town, and living in a soft-focus world coloured by the soft furnishings of IKEA.
    Rubbish.

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  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★★★

    I don't think it's overstating the fact to say that Trainspotting was one of the defining films of the 1990s. Slowly but surely, almost everyone involved with the film developed a pretty successful film career (with Ewan McGregor, arguably, going on to be the most successful). Danny Boyle confidently delivered on that film-savvy potential that he'd shown with Shallow Grave. The soundtrack was one of the best of the decade, and the marketing and poster design is still being utilised…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    AKA that film that features Patrick Stewart as the leader of a bunch of neo-Nazis. AKA "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

    Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, who previously gave us the excellent Blue Ruin (and before that gave us Murder Party - which I have yet to watch), Green Room could accurately be described as a snarling beast of a film. It feels raw and visceral throughout, and not just because the main protagonists are members of a punk…