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  • Lucky

    Lucky

    ★★★½

    An emotional and poignant end to Harry Dean Stanton’s career. At its heart, it is a quirky indie film and it never quite gets away from this. It’s funny without being hilarious, landing well with witty quips that ground it in the real world. Many of the characters get their own monologue or life story to tell and are given the space to speak their minds. It’s sweet. Stanton is lucky to get this opportunity to bookend his career with such a fitting ending. Few actors get that.

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★½

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

    Really effective work of art from Desiree Akhavan. Chloë Grace Moretz puts in a committed performance and the result is pretty powerful, alongside a strong supporting cast led by Sasha Lane. Ashley Connor has made it look beautiful and accurate for the era, adding plenty to the overall effect. 

    I felt ever so slightly disappointed by the ending, which left a couple of loose ends with the minor characters. I’m being picky though. 


    This film deals with some serious issues…

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  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    ★★★★½

    Friday 13th means horror film viewing! This is genuinely a brilliant film. It walks close to the line of being a horror-by-numbers sort of film, but manages to feel fresh regardless. The delivery of three separate short stories harks back to the classic portmanteau horror films. All four key central actors are spot on. I can’t say why I like it so much without ruining it. I definitely recommend this one.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★★

    It's somewhat phenomenal that Martin McDonagh has weaved a black comedy out of what is a fairly horrific subject matter. Frances McDormand is as brilliant as you'd expect her to be, forming a captivating trio with a surprisingly-nuanced Woody Harrelson and an unnerving Sam Rockwell. The appeal comes not from the hard-hitting story line but from it's desire to not be predictable. My first five-star film of the year.