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  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★

    True Romance’s greatest strength lies in its unusually sparing use of its superb cast. Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore, Samuel L. Jackson, Val Kilmer and James Gandolfini all play minor characters, each given only one or two scenes to shine. These minor character scenes are sometimes detached from the main cast, but are brilliant, memorable and are the most engaging parts of the film.

    It is a shame then that the macroscopic narrative of…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Whilst the musical genre had never really disappeared, it is clear to see that it is undergoing a modern resurgence, at the centre of which sits La La Land as a benchmark of quality. The film is a poetic musical that seems to effortlessly layer charm atop technical achievement.

    La La Land tells the story of a developing romance through imagery and music - very little is explicitly exposed to us through dialogue, allowing the film’s emotional through-line to resonate deeply…

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  • Rush

    Rush

    ★★★★

    Rush presents a compact narrative overview of the historic rivalry between formula 1 legends Nikki Lauda and James Hunt; a true story that seems almost perfect for Hollywood adaptation.

    Rush feels to primarily be a character drama, it never seems to become a kitsch period piece, nor does it lean too much on its racing scenes as a crutch. Whilst the film goes out of its way to make sure you don’t need to be a fan of the sport…