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  • Deliver Me

    Deliver Me

    ★★★½

    Evil is neat. A clear answer for those complex, deeply upsetting tragedies of the world. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, earlier this year, toys with a villain whose sole purpose is to bring evil to the world. Ares, once destroyed, will take with him the evil of the world. We see in the finale soldiers looking around bemused, as if peace has arrived. But, World War II is due to follow and the underlying truth that evil is not a single…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★★

    The site of decaying billboards is becoming the norm across the Western world. When the vast majority of advertising moves to online, and industrial towns lose their factories and the jobs within, vacant high streets and ad spaces become nothing new. Shop fronts are empty and “To Let”, and inevitably little business requires little advertising. Billboards remain decrepit and empty, with old posters from years before peeking through the holes like a portal in time.

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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…