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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★★

    Although very much framed through a lens betraying a 1970s stylisation, David Cronenberg’s ‘A History of Violence’ wastes little time confronting our inherently wired proclivity to use violence to both advocate agendas and likewise, defend against them, hence the almost calculable frequency of war.

    Once you pierce beneath a seemingly quaint and unblemished exterior of small town American life, the film dares you to examine the social underbelly of western civilisation in lieu of a trip into the psychopathology of…

  • The Road

    The Road

    ★★★★★

    Unapologetically poignant, and adapted from a bestselling novel, Jonathan Hillcoat’s visual recreation of what can only be described as a reality governed by the lowest and most primordial aspects of our already fragile humanity, shows precisely what the power of selfless love truly represents.

    Boasting a commendable cast of some of my favourite actors (and actresses), this diarisation of one man’s commitment to the woman he loved more than himself, never fails to sober my own sense of morality and…

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  • The Yards

    The Yards

    ★★★★½

    While understated in its delivery, ‘The Yards’ stands apart as a slow burning case study for delinquency and corruption, and with a compelling cast weaving everything together, it’s a film that deserves far more recognition than has been bestowed upon it to date.

    The Howard Shore score immediately sets the tone, and as the narrative builds towards a poignant conclusion, it’s almost a delight to witness the tragedy of it all, as what is essentially a house of cards falls…

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★★★

    From the opening frame through to the closing shot, ‘MI3’ grabs ahold and simply refuses to let you go until you’ve been rollercoastered from one set piece to another, all while loving quite literally every second of it.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman is his usual excellent self, Ving Rhames thankfully snatches more than his usual screen time, and we also get to witness Simon Pegg’s induction into the MI team, and one which introduces some much needed comic relief, all of which makes this outing an instant action classic, and one that will never grow old in these eyes.