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  • Magnolia
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Harold and Maude
  • The Thing

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  • His House

    ★★★★

  • Elle

    ★★★

  • Memento

    ★★★★★

  • The Abyss

    ★★★

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire was my first visit to the cinema in 5 months.  I had been awaiting for Mr. Nolan’s surly swashbuckler to welcome me back to the picture house, but boy am I grateful it was Céline Sciamma who received my first post pandemic ticket stub.  

    This film ploughed though me in a way I have not felt since I first saw The Master in 65mm at the ArcLight Dome in Hollywood in 2012.  Portrait

  • Amateur

    Amateur

    ★★★

    A cooky thriller that seems to both revel in and pastiche genre tropes simultaneously.  The dialogue is as punchy as it is hammy, but the cast give it enough gusto that I found myself giggling rather than rolling my eyes.  The story zips along, though at times rather aimlessly.  But the quirky vignettes are enough to protect it from boring deviations, ensuring an entertaining watch all the way through.

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  • I'm No Longer Here

    I'm No Longer Here

    ★★★★★

    A refreshingly fantastic film out of Mexico.  A perfectly rounded glimpse of a unique world, executed with sincerity and heart.  The casting is incredible and the handling of non-actors put me in mind of a Mexican Shane Meadows.  I was drawn in from the first beautifully composed frame and I was enraptured by the honesty of the performances in an otherwise suitably uncomplicated story.

  • Normal People

    Normal People

    ★★★★★

    Beyond special. Never have I seen a story achieve such levels of pure humanity whilst avoiding any hint of melodrama. As honest a portrayal of real emotions and real situations as I have experienced through television. The performances seem as nuanced as they do effortless, Paul Mescal in particular has an uncanny ability to dramatise someone who innately hides their emotions. The direction is subtle but assured, rendering each moment with both verisimilitude and a deeper, emotional truth. The script…