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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★½

    It really shouldn't have surprised me that Gillian Flynn co-wrote the screenplay for this, but it did - which is apt, I suppose.

  • The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin

    The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin

    ★★★½

    Fascinating - and utterly beautifully shot - discursion on reckoning with the legend of the imperialist past.

  • Ears, Nose and Throat

    Ears, Nose and Throat

    ★★★

    An interesting take on introducing disparate elements of the narrative/theme which eventually fall into place together.

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★★

    Paul Dano has, at the very least, picked up how to be an actor's director - an excellent set of performances her, not least Carey Mulligan doing career-best work. Visually fine, with the occasional demonstration of personal flair; I think Dano will go on to develop his voice well, if Wildlife is any indication. A beautifully done ending.

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★★½

    Lovely stuff. Lowery is reverential to Redford - both in man and in legend - without it ever coming across as trite or vain. It looks stunning, a lot of fun, and surprisingly touching at times. Not quite A Ghost Story, but what a fun film

  • Shut Up & Dig

    Shut Up & Dig

    ★★½

    It's kind of fun seeing a mime thrown in a grave.

  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    ★★★½

    A decidedly Gilliamesque take on the story of Don Quixote, in which its spirit and determinedness carries it beyond the actual cohesion of the narrative. It may not be the best of Gilliam's work, but it's good to see him finish Don Quixote at last.

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★★

    Incredibly powerful - I didn't actually cry (the closest I came was Maura Tierney alone in the car towards the end), but it was difficult to watch, knowing the crushing inevitability in each happy moment that it couldn't possibly last and Nic would tear it all up again. Heartbreaking.

  • Hate for Sale

    Hate for Sale

    ★½

    Beautiful animation, but hammy delivery of a GCSE English level poem. What was Gaiman thinking?

  • Have a Nice Day

    Have a Nice Day

    ★★★½

    Unfinished due to streaming issues on MUBI, but what I saw was oddly compelling when I disassociated the animation from Archer.

  • Three Quarters

    Three Quarters

    ★★½

    You can watch, but you can't see.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    I don't think there's a single dramatic moment that cannot be expressed better than through a close-up of Emma Stone.