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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    When Truffaut made Jules and Jim, his sprawling romantic classic about three Bohemian artists slipping casually in and out of love - he made a note that can be read in the Criterion release of the film which said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that because the characters were privileged, it was important to keep them busy - writing, taking photographs, moving about energetically, going to the theater - otherwise their sluggishness would grate on an audience.

    To like any of…

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★½

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  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★½

    The Imitation Game plays like the polite dinner conversation at a party, before drinks have been served to loosen everybody up. It's so mannered and inoffensive that it seems to come at us from the chamber of a prettily-furnished snow globe.

    It's a biopic that chronicles three interwoven periods in the life of mathematician Alan Turing, a solitary introvert who developed a machine that deciphered codes the Nazis used to deliver tactical messages during WW2. A latent homosexual, the film…

  • Wild

    Wild

    ★★★★

    Reece Witherspoon wears no makeup in Wild, a new film based on the autobiographical novel by Cheryl Strayed and adapted by novelist Nick Hornby. Her performance is pointedly unglamorous, in fact, yet she's never looked more beautiful.

    In the film she's decided to hike a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail for reasons which aren't clear at first. We sense that this pilgrimage is not to fulfil some daredevil sense of adventure, but that it's more an act of…