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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★½

    In a nutshell, Lion is comprised of a beautifully acted and expertly constructed beginning, frustratingly followed by a narratively muddled and underdeveloped middle, but thankfully finishing on an overwhelmingly emotional high.

  • 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.

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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.