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  • Unknown

    Unknown

    ★★★★

    A thriller in the Hitchcockian mode, the 21st century processing the decaying vestiges of the 20th. Unlike North by Northwest’s Roger Thornhill, Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) is not trying to prove his innocence. He’s trying to prove his identity, he’s trying to prove that he existed in the first place.

    Harris, an American biologist, is with his wife Liz (January Jones) in Berlin for a conference, but one taxi accident and coma later and he wakes up having lost…

  • Hanna

    Hanna

    ★★½

    In Hanna, Joe Wright constantly fills the frame with colour, shape, and movement. One action sequence is jump cut into ribbons, even spinning Hanna’s face upside down; another unfolds in one circling Steadicam take through a Berlin underpass. Both are accompanied by pounding electronic score from The Chemical Brothers. The aim is, perhaps, similar to that of John Boorman with Point Blank, or for a more contemporary example Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive: rework a generic, pulpy premise into something more…

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I know several people whose opinions I respect that have loved this film and even rate it among their favourites, but having read the book and now having seen the movie I’m still at the same conclusion, that Chris McCandless was at times an insufferable prick who believed he was some divine combination of Thoreau and Jack London. He didn’t deserve to die for this stupidity (many his age think they're indestructible) but he doesn’t deserve to be mythologised either.…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★½

    I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…