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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    Resistance is futile – Christoper Nolan delivers a war epic that takes hold in bold and brazen fashion. He strips down the infamous Dunkirk evacuation to an abstract story of Survival and shows cinema in its most pure form: stripped down to the bone, lean (it clocks a meagre 109 minutes) and tight as a drum. The story denials exposition and set-up (more often than not Nolan’s films are bogged down by ponderous expose) and drops the spectator right behind…

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★

    Over the last couple of years Malick has had his fair share of detractors – “his films are like Perfume adverts” is one of those one well-worn phrases commonly bandied around – but credit where it’s due.. there is no film-maker who aspires to the same sentiments as Malick. The films he made since The Tree of Life are ephemeral reveries deconstructing narrative cinema and if you listen carefully you can hear his films squaking underneath the limitations and restraints…

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  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★★

    You'll be in the grip of Love's strangest trip.

    Hitchcock always takes a devilish glee in pitting two men against one another, but his style has rarely been as effective as with this taut, edge of your seat thriller. All the Hitckcockian traits are there : the Wrong-Man-at-the-wrong-time motive, the doppelgänger-obsession (channelled through Hitch's daughter Pat Hitchcock's performance as Barbara) and an array of dazzling and masterfully planned shots (The ferris ride-finale is magnificent). Strangers on a Train is a…

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★

    While Pixar once took the reigns of smart, all four quadrant-orientated animated story-telling, current animation seems to miss the spark that's both igniting and fueling my childlike imagination. Watching The Iron Giant (for the first time, *bashfully ashamed*) reminds me that once there was an era, an era that wasn't dictated by pixelated worlds, humdrum storytelling and flimsy characters. An era that seems to be a forlorn past in the light of current affairs (Turbo, Epic, The Croods and another…