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  • Oculus

    Oculus

    ★★½

    I was interested to see Mike Flanagan's follow up to his exceptional debut, Absentia, but at around the half way point, the desire to see Oculus through to its inevitably twisted conclusion began to waver. Though the dark premise is intriguing and well mounted (no pun intended), there's only so long before seeing terrified children being put through horrific circumstances starts to become a bit of a killjoy.

  • Tale of Tales

    Tale of Tales

    ★½

    The spell that Tale of Tales seems to have cast over some is baffling to say the least. The film works well aesthetically, boasting some fine practical effects and production values, but this is nowhere near enough to make up for such illogical and downright lazy writing. With a sparse script that is nonsensical, repetitive and even non existent at times, some mildly interesting ideas and a (generally) credible cast are completely wasted. There is never any real sense of…

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  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    I don't quite know where to begin with writing about this documentary. I took the advice of a fellow Letterboxer and went in to it blind, but aware that it was likely to be quite an unsettling and emotional ride. What an understatement. I have never felt such pain or anger at a real experience that wasn't my own. The minor technical qualms I had at the start of the film were soon completely overshadowed by the sheer power of…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★

    Has the emotional impact Inception so desperately needed.
    Real substance over (some fabulous) style.