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  • Murder by Contract

    Murder by Contract

    ★★★★

    A superb, lean crime thriller that stars Vince Edwards as Claude, a professional killer who doesn't like to use guns, and also doesn't like to leave anything to chance. But his latest job proves to be more problematic than most.

  • Fishy Stones

    Fishy Stones

    ★★★

    A South African film made for black people during the years of apartheid, Fishy Stones is a lightweight, fun film that makes up for MANY shortcomings with enthusiasm and a rough & ready charm.

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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…