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  • The Mountain Between Us

    The Mountain Between Us

    ★★

    The 'unlikely' romance at the film's centre goes through the motions whilst trying to pass off as remarkable in its wilderness survival setting. Elba and Winslet are fine, though.

  • Wild Tales

    Wild Tales

    ★★★★

    An acerbically witty portmanteau of revenge stories with a througline that goes from vendetta to catharsis.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    Hypnotic and brilliant, Jonathan Glazer's art-house rendering of Species explores the human form from an extrinsic perspective. The film tackles the notion of beauty being skin-deep in its own singular way as well as exposing just how uncomfortable we can be with our own bodies, echoing only the greatest Cronenbergian works. A uniquely transgressive modern masterpiece, Under The Skin may well be very best film of the year.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★

    Inside Llewyn Davis is a soulful and great looking film with the Coens' trademark droll humour, a moving folk soundtrack (often sung live by the cast) and some cool cats. Although Oscar Isaac's performance is terrifically delivered, his titular character seems troublingly removed despite the odd outburst. His constant meanderings also prevented him from securing a fuller sense of engagement in me. A good movie, but not one of the Coens' very best.