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  • Evelyn

    Evelyn

    ★★★★

    Filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel has a secret within his family. The two parents and three children have barely spoken about it in thirteen years. In 2005, Orlando’s brother, Evelyn, committed suicide after years of battling depression and schizophrenia. We would assume Evelyn might explore schizophrenia, suicide and depression in medical detail but Evelyn opts to focus on one family and their struggle to reflect and discuss the nightmare they have experienced. It is a difficult watch, as viewers are bound…

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★★

    David Scheff (Steve Carell) asks an expert in the field of drug-addiction about his son, “I wonder who he is?”. Beautiful Boy, directed by Felix Van Groeningen, is a personal and powerful observation of a young man struggling with drug addiction. We’re a long way from Panic in Needle Park and Trainspotting, where drug-use and poverty was inextricably connected. Nicolas Scheff, played in arresting detail by Timothée Chalamet, has everything a child could want or need – with the brains…

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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…