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  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Fingers
  • The Iron Giant
  • Three O'Clock High

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  • The Blackout

    ★★½

  • Turbulence

    ★★★½

  • Goodbye Lover

    ★★

  • Blood and Wine

    ★★★½

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★½

    A sprawling epic of Mafia machinations throughout 20th century American history, dutifully ticking the expected boxes – Castro, JFK, Watergate, Hoffa – and providing ample space for its ageing cast to shine once more, thanks in large part to a surprisingly and consistently amusing script.

    Pacino is the indisputable standout as the aforementioned Jimmy Hoffa. The doomed union leader is an absolutely loveable rogue in a very shouty and humorous turn that gleefully recalls Al's early 90’s excesses from Scent…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    In which a bullied mental outpatient takes revenge on society with a handgun.

    The opinion going around that this movie could inspire violence is preposterous - no society would be fucking stupid enough to make guns so easily available...

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  • Scarecrow

    Scarecrow

    There is a new answer to the 'hidden gem' question. It's Scarecrow, starring Al Pacino when he was still young and beautiful and Gene Hackman, when he was still, erm, a very charismatic man.

    They are both ex-con drifters, drawn together by common ineptitude. Along their meandering journey, director Jerry Schatzburg treats us to a ground level view of Nixon's America, in particular the rust belt, in all its rustic would-be glory.

    Yes, it's the Odd Couple On Tour, but the acting is compelling in its working class verisimilitude, and the film is gifted with a finale rich in understated affection.

  • The Equalizer

    The Equalizer

    The Equalizer has found itself in a fortunate position. This tale of a former Black Ops soldier (Denzel Washington) taking on the entire Boston wing of the Russian mob comes at a time when Russo-American relations are at an all-time low for this century. Capitalism capitalises and Denzel against the Russkies consequently broke a few minor box office records when it debuted last September.

    Those mafia fiends have even taken possession of Hollywood teen princess Chloe Grace Moretz and have…