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  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    ★★★★

    A millennial update on SINGLE WHITE FEMALE and THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY, this film about loneliness, loserdom and the social media crutch moves at pace, is witty and incisive, and then undermines its important (if not exactly earth-shatteringly original) message with a suicidal cry for help which reaps results. Hmmm, not exactly a good moral for any story.

    But Elizabeth Olsen is typically, effortlessly, wonderful as the Insta-queen whose perfect life becomes the stuff of stalkery dreams for Aubrey Plaza's…

  • Spookers

    Spookers

    ★★★★★

    With his latest film Spookers, New Zealand's wizard at melding fact with the fantastical, Florian Habicht, has produced a surprising, compassionate and insightful portrait of one of the country's more unusual "amusement" parks. By going behind the scenes of a place which ostensibly peddles in terror and death, the documentarian has uncovered something much more important than the cheap thrills it sells: a community of much-needed love and an outlet for personal growth.

    After a petrifying opening which takes you…

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  • Bad Genius

    Bad Genius

    ★★★★

    Principally a fascinating insight into how you can cheat at exams, this gloriously over-produced actioner succeeds in making intellectualism as exciting to watch as car chases and explosions. The central actress (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) is gorgeous to watch, and her talent makes up for the caricatured silliness of her wealthy counterparts. But mainly, it's a blast in the spirit of "21" (but better) by a filmmaker clearly schooled on Scorsese.

  • Patti Cake$

    Patti Cake$

    ★★★★½

    <3 Love love love. <3

    PATTI CAKE$ is one of those against-the-odds movies where a perfectly-cast protagonist (here, Australian Danielle Macdonald totally owns the screen, whether she's dropping sick rhymes or showing nuanced compassion) has to battle financial, emotional and familial challenges in the pursuit of a dream (to become a successful rapper).

    And while you might feel cynical about a plot like this, frankly you'd have to be a bit of a dick not to love love love Macdonald…