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  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    ★★★★★

    Kat (Kiernan Shipka) is a freshman at a Catholic boarding school for girls in upstate New York. Rose (Lucy Boynton) is a senior at the same school. It's Winter Break and all the other girls have been picked up by their parents and taken home for the week. Rose's parents haven't arrived yet because she purposely told them the wrong break-up date, because she fears she may be pregnant and wanted to arrange one more clandestine meeting with her boyfriend…

  • Hounds of Love

    Hounds of Love

    ★★★★

    Hounds of Love opens on a netball match, being viewed in bullet-time slow-motion, lingering intrusively on the girls’ tanned legs and short swishing netball skirts. The individual through whose eyes we are seeing this perfectly innocent after-school activity is viewing the contest from afar, sexualising every movement, savouring it, drinking it in. It’s uncomfortable from the off, but Hounds of Love is merely beginning as it means to go on. A film hasn’t made me feel this uncomfortable since Wolf…

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★

    About a million years ago (1980-85ish), when I was a boy, I bought a comic each and every week called 2000AD. And I loved it. I mean, properly LOVED it. The flagship strip in this publication was (and all these years later, remains) Judge Dredd. The titular lead character (his name, a play on that of novelty UK ska/reggae artist Judge Dread - who himself lifted the moniker from a Prince Buster tune - although there any similarity ends, absolutely)…

  • Chronicle

    Chronicle

    ★★★★

    Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer him up. Andrew has problems at home; his mother is dying of cancer, the cost of her medication has become prohibitive, and his dad is an abusive drunk. Andrew brings with him the bulky old video camera he's been using of late to document...…