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  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ★★★★

    A Prayer Before Dawn documents the wild and brutal true story of Billy Moore, a British boxer who finds himself locked in a Thai prison for three years, with only Muay Thai boxing to provide him any salvation. Based on his memoir of the same name, A Prayer Before Dawn embeds itself deep within the violent and unordered world of an Asian prison, to provide us with an unflinching understanding of what it takes to survive in such an environment,…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★★

    Upgrade is a futuristic revenge-thriller with all the bells and whistles. 

    Leigh Whannell, one of the minds behind the notorious Saw and Insidious franchises, has taken a step away from horror and towards the science-fiction genre with Upgrade, a futuristic and happily savage sci-fi thriller, centred around the topical subject of artificial-intelligence. After being paralysed and forced to watch the brutal murder of his wife, Grey Trace agrees to an innovative neurological 'upgrade' called STEM, which will allow him to…

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★★

    Lynne Ramsay's incredible character study is a hammer blow struck in slow-motion.

    You Were Never Really Here is a short, sharp, gritty crime drama, one which is brutal without over-indulging in violence and shocking but mainly through suggestion. It's not explicit, but it doesn't need to be, still possessing the same power as some more visually aggressive crime dramas. Confidently broaching various subjects including sex trafficking, domestic violence, self-harm and suicide, You Were Never Really Here is not a cheerful…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling team up once again for First Man, a biopic which is out of this world (corny, I know). 

    Going in it is important to bear in mind that First Man is a film about the moon landing insofar as there is a Moon landing at the (very) end of the film (spoiler alert). If you are expecting a gripping space thriller set on the hostile lunar surface, look elsewhere. In reality, the Moon itself is…