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  • Private Life

    Private Life

    There are moments of comedy in this but they're often so uncomfortable as to neutralise any possibility of laughter. Just the kind of film to make you mutter "Jesus" and have a wee cringe. All the leads do a great job but it's probably not for you if you hate those kind of Alexander Payne/Noah Baumbach films about middle class white New Yorkers. A difficult but relatable watch if you've experienced infertility and IVF. Stars John Carroll Lynch which allowed…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    This could have been a lot bleaker but the way they focused on the kids kept it light and almost hopeful. Really strong portrayal of poverty and people who can’t get back up to a stable life. Shot at times like a documentary but also kind of arthouse. Lots of static camera and square composition like Wes Anderson gone low budget. The ending shocked me to tears.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Rian Johnson has an impossible task here, make a film that fits in with the original trilogy, continues the previous episode, nods to the prequels but somehow has to be fresh, innovative, and expand what Star Wars is. And yet he does it. It’s smart without being fussy, thrilling without being melodramatic, and funny without turning into a straight comedy. There’s so much I could talk about here but it’s too soon. I am an unabashed Star Wars fan so…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    This film hit all my anxiety buttons from the very beginning so I’m not sure “enjoy” is the right word but it was superbly done. The pacing and gradual revelation is masterful. So many films like this go floppy in the third act but here it doesn’t get boring or go over the top. Jordan Peele’s comedy instincts are here in the background but he never lets it descend into farce. He’s made a B-movie with an A-movie approach in…