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  • Dancer in the Dark
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Oliver!

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  • Magic

    ★★½

  • Burn Burn Burn

  • Lux Æterna

    ★★★★

  • Vortex

    ★★½

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  • Magic

    Magic

    ★★½

    This film has such a strong opening that, when the second act got a bit draggy, I was excited for things to pull back for an excellent finalé. Sadly, that's not exactly how things pan out, despite an exciting moment on a lake at exactly the point when it needs to amp up. The problem, I think, is that the whirlwind that the lead character, stage illusionist Corky (Anthony Hopkins), goes through at the start - lying to his ailing…

  • Burn Burn Burn

    Burn Burn Burn

    An abysmal, bittersweet road trip comedy that makes the arguably fatal mistake of not casting comedians in the lead roles. Laura Carmichael & Chloe Pirrie don't even have any comedy acting credits outside of this effort, and it really shows. But they're far from the worst thing about Burn Burn Burn, in which they play Alex & Seph, two friends whose mate Dan has died unexpectedly. In the first of a series of videos he recorded for them while secretly succumbing to…

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  • Sleepaway Camp

    Sleepaway Camp

    ★★★½

    The most disturbing image in this movie isn't that final shot, it's the fact that Meg seems genuinely into the idea of shagging that rancid old camp owner.

  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Extract from HAMLET by William Shakespeare:

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    Is she to be buried in Christian burial that
    wilfully seeks her own salvation?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave
    straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it
    Christian burial.

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her
    own defence?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    It must be "se offendendo"; it cannot be else. For
    here lies the point: if I drown myself…