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  • Waiting for the Barbarians

    Waiting for the Barbarians

    ★★★★

    Directed by Ciro Guerra this film based on the novel of the same name stars Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Gana Bayarsaikhan. The magistrate of a frontier town finds you can not be a good man as part of an imperial system.

    I enjoyed this art house style look at colonialism in a fictional setting. The plot maybe a little slow and the conflict fairly internal but this is still a good adaptation. The performances and landscapes really help carry the film.

  • The Rhythm Section

    The Rhythm Section

    ★★½

    Directed by Reed Morano this film based on the novel of the same name stars Blake Lively and Jude Law. Three years after the death of her family a young woman finds out it was a covered up terrorist attack not an accident.

    There is some potential to this film and I really like the fairly grounded feel it has. Unfortunately the plot falls apart if you put much thought into it. With a bit more thought put into it this could have been a really good thriller, as is it is another bland genre entry.

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  • Room

    Room

    ★★★★★

    Directed by Lenny Abrahamson this film based on the novel of the same name stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay and Joan Allen. A young woman and her 5 year old son are kept locked in a room by a man who kidnapped her seven years ago.

    This is one of those great films that you sincerely hope to never watch again because the material is that affecting. Manoeuvring skilfully round what is very dark subject matter the film crafts a…

  • The Good Doctor

    The Good Doctor

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Directed by Lance Daly this film stars Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Michael Pena, Taraki P. Henson and Rob Morrow. A young doctor struggles to find the respect he thinks should come with the job and becomes obsessed with a young female patient.

    This film starts off fairly normally but slowly takes a turn into the dark and creepy as the actions of the protagonist become more sinister. What I like about this film is the subtle understated nature of the…