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  • Modern Life Is Rubbish

    Modern Life Is Rubbish

    ★★

    Full disclosure: I am the target audience for Modern Life is Rubbish. Through a mutual love of brit-rock music (Radiohead! Blur!) and anti-populist trends, two lovers find each other and, over ten years, seem to fall out of love too. The relationship between Liam and Nat isn’t complicated and the extended time-period covers a similar period of my own life. As a British rom-com (the “com” adjunct may be a stretch), sadly it amplifies the London elitist bubble and bathes…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

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

    You’re going to fall into two camps when reading an Avengers: Infinity War review. Either you’ll be reading this prior to the film, well aware of the potential spoiler that will eke out between little details and deft descriptions. Or you’ll be reading this post-screening, with the explicit intention of reading something fresh, innovative and interesting about the future of the series and the shocks that we all feel after the post-credits sequence has ended. Let’s get this out of…

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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…