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  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    ★★★★½

    Wes Anderson must have seen Takahata's Pom Poko and then went on to create Fantastic Mr Fox.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★½

    Somewhere in the parallel course of human history, there is a better, more nuanced live-action version of Ghost in the Shell. Not this one.

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  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    ★★★★★

    This is how the mental prism of our society works:
    15-year old boy having sex - OMG so fucking cool.
    15-year old girl having sex - nooo, BBFC, censor this shit.
    Controversial, yes, but wholly justified, disarmingly honest exploration of the teenage female psyche and burgeoning sexuality. It braves everything that your dastardly, gutless teenage movies have been circumventing for years, if not since the dawn of time. The Diary of a Teenage Girl grabs the sex issue by the…

  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★★

    It's about time we coin the cinematic term 'Dolanesque'. Mommy is, basically, How I Killed My Mother 2.0, but far more exhilarating, ebullient, vibrant, hard-hitting and ten times more heartbreaking - a blitzkrieg emotional drama of the highest calibre with towering turns from Dorval and Pilon. Above all, this is a fierce, audacious cinematic coup, fusing style, technique and dramatics into one magnificent creation, swiftly placing Dolan as one of the world's fiercely ingenuous filmmakers working today.

    Full review: www.themoviejerk.co.uk/film-reviews/cannes-2014-mommy/