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  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    ★★★

    In this much lauded German film Emmi (Brigitte Mira) is a lonely woman in her sixties who works as a cleaner. She encounters Ali (El Hedi ben Salim) a Moroccan migrant worker 25 years her junior and an unlikely relationship blossoms. When they spontaneously decide to marry the apparent prejudice of her family and co-workers becomes manifest..

    This curious drama, much lauded upon its release and since, is a mannered and deliberately stilted look at the racial intolerance pervasive in…

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★½

    A counterpoint rather than a sequel to Spielberg's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' ET shucks the broader themes of what alien life might mean for mankind in favour of a smaller story - what does one particular alien mean to a young boy.

    Elliott (Henry Thomas) lives with his older brother and younger sister in the kind of homely small town USA that may only really exist in Spielberg's mind). Their mother is recently divorced and barely coping with…

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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★

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

    Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave in the deep south of the 1850's. When he runs into a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) who needs his help he joins forces with him and then seizes the opportunity to find and rescue his wife. His search for her takes him to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) a deviant plantation owner and Steven (Samuel L Jackson) his even more twisted servant.

    This is a western served up in comic book style. And I don't…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★½

    Andrew (Miles Teller) is a young drummer. A student at a prodigious music school he is taken on by a legendary and tyrannical teacher in Fletcher (J.K.Simmons). As time goes on it appears Fletcher will stop at nothing to drive his students to excellence..

    An Oscar winning performance from Simmons made Whiplash something of a cause celebre for a while and it is without doubt a fascinating look into a world that most of us have never encountered and a…