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  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★½

    The only real issue I have with Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon is that there aren’t enough duels. Sure, there are quite a few duels, but if I had my way, Redmond Barry would have immediately challenged every character he meets to a duel. After all, what conflict cannot be resolved by a good old fashioned duel? A couple of vagrants attempt to rob you of your gold at gunpoint on your path to Dublin? Duel! Your wife dares to complain after…

  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    ★★★

    People seem surprised that two movies about Christine Chubbuck have happened to be released in the same year, but there's actually one Chubbuck-related film due to be made in each of the next six years too.

    2017: Kate Plays Rebecca Playing Christine
    Kate Lyn Sheil reenacts Rebecca Hall's performance as Christine Chubbuck in 2016's Christine

    2018: Rebecca Plays Kate Playing Rebecca Playing Christine
    Rebecca Hall reenacts Kate Lyn Sheil's performance as Rebecca Hall in 2017's box office smash hit Kate…

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  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★

    I really miss the countryside. I grew up in London but have also lived in Norfolk and spent a fair bit of time in Kent growing up, so the peace and quiet of the country has always been close to my heart. Recently in particular, the city has been dragging me down and I've had a real country yearning. I spent like 3 hours last night looking up the most remote locations in the British isles and fantasising about building…

  • Slender Man

    Slender Man

    The one thing this film had going for it was the casting of Javier Botet, horror cinema's designated gangly freak, as Slenderman. Dude is just horrifying to look at, no two ways about it. So what do they do? Oh yeah, have literally like, one shot where you can actually tell it's Botet rather than nasty cg. The only scary thing about Slendy himself is his profile from a distance and they basically never take advantage of that. They also…

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  • 4th Man Out

    4th Man Out

    ★★

    Would've been a good movie if it had the balls to let the main two dudes hook the fuck up.

  • Barry

    Barry

    ★★★★

    Two words are curiously absent for the majority of Vikram Gandhi's Barry. Those words are 'Barack' and 'Obama'. In this year's other college-age presidential biopic, Southside With You, those words hang over the heads of the characters in every scene and therein lies the reason why the former is a considerably better film. Whereas SWY is a story about the two people who grew up to be President and First Lady, Barry is about a young man of mixed race…