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  • All the President's Men

    All the President's Men

    ★★★★★

    The most perfect movie ever made?

  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

    The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

    ★★★

    I imagine the remaining Beatles and the wives of the other two have such tight control over the Beatles historiography that it would be naive to expect anything but the rehashing of the old and tired narratives in a film like this. Almost everything here has already been covered (with more detail) in the Beatles Anthology, and even the 'new' McCartney/Starr interviews don't offer anything we haven't heard before. A little disappointing, but hardly surprising. The only angle that was…

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  • Calvary

    Calvary

    ★★★

    There are two immediate hooks in the opening scene of 2014 Irish drama Calvary. The first one sets up the central suspense that will quietly hang over the rest of the film, and will go almost unmentioned again until its dramatic resolution at the very end. The second hook, and arguably the more powerful one, is Brendan Gleeson’s face. The marvellously expressive wrinkles, the beautiful beard - almost unlikely in its tameness and softness - the sad, tired and infinitely…

  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    ★★★

    Obviously, Scorsese can put a film together with aplomb, and some of the footage and music juxtapositions here are spectacular, but mostly this is a very conservative affair and hagiographic to the bone. It's a shame that it completely brushes over some of the most significant aspects of Harrison's life (his marriages, his drug addiction) so as not to complicate the flawless image Scorsese is trying to paint. I enjoyed the film while it lasted, but I am left with very little to dwell or to chew on.