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  • The Childhood of a Leader

    The Childhood of a Leader

    ★★★★

    ★★★★ = Very Good

    This stunning debut in auteurist filmmaking by actor-turned-director Brady Corbet is a snapshot in the life of a 10-year-old boy whose father is an American diplomat in France involved in the formation of the Treaty of Versailles, a peace treaty signed in 1919 which ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. Newcomer Tom Sweet plays the astute little boy whose antisocial and manipulative behaviour within his household, if left unchecked by his…

  • The Selfish Giant

    The Selfish Giant

    ★★★★½

    ★★★★½ = Superb

    Beauty can be painfully raw and hopeless … in the hands of the right writer/director. Clio Barnard has put together a very strong piece of cinema whose images keep popping back into your head weeks after watching it.

    The Selfish Giant is a story of life in Northern England for young impoverished children eager to make something of themselves but lacking the correct environmental influences in which to do so. The narrative follows two young boys, uninterested…

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  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    ★★★★½ = Superb

    There are very few films I can watch again and again. Se7en is one of them. Zodiac is another. I love these two films because they are very well written and produced, and marry my favourite film genre – thrillers – with my fascination for serial killers. Both films are directed by the brilliant David Fincher.

    Fincher has had great success in Hollywood. Se7en (1995) is an established genre classic and Zodiac (2007) is a cult classic,…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★½

    ★★★★½ = Superb

    Is there any limit to the fun you can have watching a movie!

    Quentin Tarantino keeps banging out hit after hit which keep us rooted to our cinema seats and sofas. We are either grinning or grimacing, howling with laughter or on edge with tension. The only one of our emotions Tarantino does not seem compelled to manipulate is our heart strings; the scenes in his films are never tear-jerkers.

    His filmography spans over two decades already.…