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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya


    By turns irreverently hilarious, enraging and utterly gut-wrenching, I, Tonya is an absolute whirlwind of ironic mockumentary, stranger-than-fiction biography and venomous black comedy – all consolidated by a kinetic Scorsese-esque energy and a handful of spectacular performances, chiefly from Robbie and Janney. The film, however, boldly overcomes any whiff of it being too derivative of something like Raging Bull (1980) or even American Hustle (2013) through the myriad contexts in which it can be seen. Perhaps more an outcry for…

  • Straight Time

    Straight Time


    Bravely cast against type, you totally buy Dustin Hoffman as a prison-hardened ex-con in this forgotten ‘70s gem. It’s a shame because it is easily one of his least-talked-about performances; he really should have taken roles in a similar vein to this later in his career. The film itself is a solid exploration of criminal relapse and the authority’s negligence that can perhaps lead to it, even if some characters and subplots are underdeveloped. Straight Time also features a litany…

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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 the 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.