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  • Loveless

    Loveless

    ★★★★

    The quality of Loveless surprised me. Russian films are often low-budget, extremely bleak portraits of poverty and decay. But Loveless has a production quality that feels like a reasonably high-budget Hollywood film. Particularly the cinematography impressed me — lots of beautiful shots with balanced compositions.

    I also really liked the ironic contrast between the indifferent parents of the runaway child and the altruism of the volunteers who tirelessly searched for the child. Furthermore I loved the constant mobile phone distraction,…

  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★

    The Ritual is an odd mix of British pub humor and supernatural horror. I'd describe it as a love child of Shaun of the Dead and The Blair Witch Project.

    I found The Ritual reasonably entertaining in the first half, but as the end neared I had more and more trouble staying engaged, as the last bit of remaining credibility got lost in a The Hills Have Eyes wannabe.

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  • Antichrist

    Antichrist

    ★★★★★

    Antichrist left quite an impression on me. The level of creativity and originality in this movie is rare and comparable with masterpieces like Eraserhead by David Lynch.

    Let me start by stating that this movie is clearly one of those 'either you love it or hate it' cases. The explicit sexual content and unconventional approach to horror is definitely not suitable for Hollywood aficionados.

    Lars von Trier proves he is a true maestro in establishing a very effective feeling of…

  • Captain Phillips

    Captain Phillips

    ★★★★

    Great movie, with top class performances by both Tom Hanks and the Somalian actors. A tense drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat, with the added dimension of the film being based on a true story, although you wish these things wouldn't happen for real.