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  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★

    'Paweł Pawlikowski’s beautiful miniature epic Cold War begins in 1949 with musicians Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Irena (Agata Kulesza) trawling through the icy Polish countryside, looking to form a national troupe of traditional folk music talent. At an audition – sort of like an Eastern Bloc version of The Voice – Wiktor’s eye is caught by competitor Zula (Joanna Kulig), an enigmatic but self-assured young woman with a reciprocating eye cast on Wiktor.'

    Saw this at Edinburgh film fest and have been thinking about it non-stop since. Review at The National Student here!

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  • Early Man

    Early Man

    ★½

    Derivative, slight, and only occasionally funny. Have to admit, though, that my arch-nemesis Tom Hiddleston is a really good voice actor.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    (((Wrote the below review for a paper with a word limit in mind, and couldn't find space for some words on Thom Yorke's much-hyped score. While I think it's all great music in its own right, it's mostly not the right music for this film; it neither compliments or adds anything much to the visuals, and the vocal tracks feel totally mismatched. THAT IS with the exception of the music for the Volk dance, which is beyond perfect and has…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I wasn't sure I'd seen it. For a whole month after I first saw the film, I couldn't stop questioning whether I'd just imagined it. Finally watching it for a second time, and waiting for the scene to happen, I found myself convinced that I'd imagined it. But no, there it was, right where I'd left it. As Elio is drifting off under a tree, the Sufjan Stevens song starts playing and a kind of frame burn effect starts to…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Wow. I don't even know where to begin with this.

    Murder on the Orient Express is the worst film I've seen this year by a mile. Not a single moment worked for me. Kenneth Branagh is a mediocre actor and a bad director, but what precious little talent he previously may have had is nowhere to be found here. The direction is laughably bad. A special mention has to go to the shot in which the murder victim is discovered,…