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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    The Ritual won’t change anyone’s life, it wears its influences rather proudly and won’t surprise too many already well versed in the genre, but it’s an effective and very well made picture that gives the audience exactly what they pay for. Effective and engaging, with a creepy atmosphere and sound design along with some strong characters, it’s all you could really ask for from a film of its standard.

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  • The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories feels the warmth of cinematic grain and the comfortable look of his past features, feeling like something Sydney Pollack or Woody Allan might have produced in the 1970s, but with less cynicism and fewer one-liners. It’s a stable film of a contemporary family that plays its emotions rather well with a good balance of dry comedy and drama, although a greater focus on the maligned daughter’s of the story might have been appreciated.

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    The film sustains anxiety in the unknown, and the film has many genuinely frightening and unsettling moments throughout thanks to incredible editing and sound design. While not every element of the film fits together perfectly, they are very much artistic liberties and means to an end that only add to a film that is very open to further reading; in particular an ending which may leave many to decide on whichever context it bares itself to. The Babadook is a…

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    Besides a climactic third act that ties things up a little tighter than anticipated, this is a more than solid enough crime thriller with great performances to boast. The "what if?" scenario of a Stieg Larson style villain entering the real world is compelling if not totally convincing by the end, but its the character focus and deconstruction that really sets this one apart. Its a much darker and more morally questionable film than you'd ever expect it to be, and yet another example of Hollywood trying to catch up to the quality of the latest Nordic drama phase. At least, this is done well.