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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★½

    I like Ben Wheatley but this was a misfire (pun intended). It looks nice. There are some decent performances. But overall it's a comedy crime caper that just didn't have enough bite in it. There was so much gunfire, I half expected Bill Murray to turn up and shout "woah woah nice shooting Tex". And At times it just felt like watching your friends play Paintball.

    Onto the next one Mr Wheatley.

  • Lebanon

    Lebanon

    ★★★

    I only heard of Samuel Maoz' debut feature recently when I was researching lists of reviewers favourite "single location movies". This war movie is set entirely inside a tank. It follows a group of young men in the Lebanon conflict of the early 1980s and uses clever camera "POVs" to capture the soldiers surroundings.

    There are flaws such as the pace - we are thrust into the narrative head on without really getting to know much about the backstory of…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    Once in a while, a film will make you shake yourself down, and it will take hours maybe even a couple of days to get your real self back. This is one of them.

    From the very first minutes, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and the rest of the cast just transport you into their world. So much so that you feel like you're sitting in the corner of the room just watching them go about their daily business.

    It's one…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    Park Can Wook is in a class of his own. One of the Directors that you just have to see whatever he puts out, because the chances are it's going to be at least "very good".

    The Handmaiden is beautiful, erotic, captivating, naughty, perverse, thrilling, tense, twisted and brilliant.

    For anybody who likes mindfuck cinema it's a great great film. For anyone who likes Park Chan Wook - it's bliss.