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  • Anomalisa
  • Somewhere
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  • Rear Window

    ★★★

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • The Collini Case

    ★★★

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

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  • Frantz

    Frantz

    ★★★★★

    Frantz is a study of dualities: the forgiver and the forgiven, the victor and the vanquished, hope and despair. Director François Ozon uses a gentle and understated touch to tell a simple yet powerful story. Truth and white lies become blurred, as we follow different views of what happened, or might have happened. The black-and-white cinematography perfectly captures the weight of grief, and shifts to colour only in brief, but satisfyingly intense, moments of happiness.

  • A Beautiful Mind

    A Beautiful Mind

    ★★★

    A Beautiful Mind is a study of three aspects of John Nash: his mathematical insight, his Aspergers-like social behaviours, and his schizophrenic delusions. Unfortunately, in search of a good story, Ron Howard has weighted these aspects as of minor, middling, and major importance respectively. That Nash's mental health was a barrier to recognition of his brilliance is seem as a path to redemption for his colleagues who later accept him, and not as a shameful failing on their part. As a supposed warm-the-heart story, it gave me the shivers.

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  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    ★★★★

    On the Rocks is Sofia Coppola's commentary on modern feminism. Bracelets and watches as tokens of ownership - it's all rather obvious who the would-be "owners" are, but the question she asks is: what does the "owned" really want?

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★

    Fate. Incomprehensibility of scale. Delusion. Frailty and sickness. Agency. Death.

    "Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make. You can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won't know for 20 years, and you may never, ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out…

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    In I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Charlie Kaufman explores notions of memory, ageing, and regret. What really happened? Where did we get that idea or opinion? What might have been? It’s a profoundly sad portrayal of Jake, a loving son destined to lead a life filled with ephemeral glimpses at elusive happiness. He won the Diligence pin, but really wanted Acumen. His dutiful care of his mother goes unrecognised by the world, and he is scorned by youth and beauty. We watch him crumble under the weight of lifelong disappointments and lost dreams.

  • Swallow

    Swallow

    ★★★★

    "I did something unexpected today," says Hunter, the Stepford wife exquisitely played by Haley Bennett. Writer and director Carlo Mirabella-Davis has done a brilliant job of subtly conveying the suffocating expectation of Hunter's "perfect" life, mainly through artful symmetrical shots of her ultra modern house, but also through cutting dialogue delivered by her obnoxious husband and in-laws, and by her husband's odious colleagues.

    One memorable scene has Hunter, dressed in a white top and brown belt, posed in front of…