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  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★½

    Solaris (2002) - my first viewing since seeing it in the cinema more than 14 years ago - this is an incredible film that is, by turns, epic and intimate and, if I may be so bold, I think it's as relevant and worthy an adaptation as Tarkovsky's 1972 effort. In fact, Soderbergh conveys the story and it's complicated themes in a running time that's more than an hour shorter than the Russian version.

    This is definitely ripe for reappraisal.

  • Dog Eat Dog

    Dog Eat Dog

    ★★★★

    DOG EAT DOG, adapted by Matthew Wilder (from the book by Eddie Bunker) is a real treat - a 21st Century crime opus that’s brisk, surprising and a lot of fun.

    At the heart of the film is the tantalising repairing of WILD AT HEART alumni Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe as career criminals who team with a third (Christopher Matthew Cook) in an attempt to pull off one last job.

    As cliched as the material seems when it is…

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  • Rush

    Rush

    ★★★★½

    Not an F1 fan, nor am I a lover of sports in general but this film is great. The two central performances are both effortless in their greatness and the actors play off each other well. Morgan's script is great and Howard keeps the whole thing buzzing along at a tremendous pace.

    I am really surprised by how much I liked this film.

  • Filth

    Filth

    ★★★★½

    Wow! Now here's a film that lets the viewer think for a change. A brilliant piece of writing and a cracking ensemble headed-up by a terrifically fearless performance from James McAvoy.

    Given that it's based on a book by Irvine Welsh there are bound to be comparisons to Danny Boyle's adaptation of Trainspotting but rest assured, Filth holds its own.