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  • Uncertain

    Uncertain

    ★★★★

    Thankfully, directors Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands didn’t discuss politics in the American documentary, Uncertain. Originally on the festival circuit in 2015, (and picking up multiple awards in the process) much has changed since they left the isolated Texan town, aptly named, Uncertain.

    With a population of 94, many of them are ex-cons trying to carve themselves a little place in the world. This is nevertheless a forgotten part of America and there’s tragedy in this tale. The local lake,…

  • 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,…

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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…