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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    Between Whiplash and La La Land, director Damien Chazelle reveals two sides to the same coin. In Whiplash, he showed us the raw, intense drive behind a skilled musician. La La Land, in contrast, is the mandatory hope and imagination every artist needs to succeed.

    Yes, you need motivation, inspiration and a primal desperation to become the best, but you also need optimism, passion and a smile on your face to make it. Chazelle, Oscar nominated with his second feature,…

  • Brotherhood

    Brotherhood

    ★★

    An ensemble tale of youths in London, Kidulthood charts the challenges and changes in their lives in an engaging and shocking manner, rooted in a truth many teenagers experience. Adulthood followed two years later and the third entry, Brotherhood, landed earlier this year – ten years after the first film showcased an innovative, urban British story.

    Frustratingly, the nuanced characters and relationships that made Kidulthood so memorable is lost in Brotherhood, as Noel Clarke ups the girls and gangsters in…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    Based on the west coast streets, with the orange haze and branded bill-boards, Nightcrawler comes out of the dark with a sordid capitalist tale to tell. Starring a wide-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, videographer of the LA boulevards, it’s a name he won’t let you forget. He captures the bloody crimes that dominate the morning television screens across the local area. Leeching off the ills of society, his role is needed because it makes money. His “professional” and guide-to-success…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★½

    No music and little dialogue introduce brothers Mark (Tatum) and Dave (Ruffalo) Schultz. The dance of wrestlers, grabbing and holding each other in pin-downs and body-throws, prove their intimate knowledge of each other’s physicality. A combination of Bennett Miller’s considered direction and the actor’s commitment ensure that their relationship is deeply personal and wholly authentic. Foxcatcher is rooted in the world of wrestling, whereby the support of John Du Pont (Steve Carrell) gave security to athletes determined to be the…