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  • Host

    Host

    ★★★★

    There’s no doubt that the film scene of 2020 took a massive hit due to the Covid pandemic but if there’s anything positive to be taken from that impact then it’s Rob Savage’s hugely impressive horror flick, Host. Conceived and shot in the early months of Covid, this manages to tap into the zeitgeist and turn a tried and tested formula into something fresh and innovative. Although this isn’t entirely a found-footage horror it’s a very close relative and for anyone that…

  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★★½

    Gavin O’Connor previous sports themed flick, Warrior, proved that he was very adept working within the sub-genre while relating a human story alongside it. The Way Back is even further confirmation of this ability and also showcases O’Connor’s ability to tease out superb performances from his actors. In this case, it’s Ben Affleck who really is the star of the show here with a very honest and emotional display. It’s not often that Affleck is praised for his acting chops but he’s just tremendous here. The story itself is a tad formulaic but Affleck elevates the material considerably.

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  • Outlaw King

    Outlaw King

    ★★★★

    With Mel Gibson winning a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar for Braveheart in 1995, any film that followed and further explored the history of Scotland’s plight for independence against the tyranny of England would inevitably find itself compared to that Hollywood epic. Even though David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King arrives over 20 years later, that comparison still weighs heavy. That said, Mackenzie is more interested in historical accuracy and plays his film with a different and quieter tone. That’s not…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★½

    There’s a deliberate pace to Hell or High Water, so those expecting tension filled bank robberies and high speed chases will have to be patient. These moments are provided but they come at the cost of investing your time in the characters. And it’s an investment that pays off. It also helps that it’s beautifully shot by Giles Nuttgens and David Mackenzie makes good use of the photography while employing his meditative approach and showing an assured confidence in his…