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  • Brazil
  • The Music Room
  • The Go-Between
  • The Boy Friend

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  • Eating Raoul

    ★★★★

  • The Running Man

    ★★★

  • The High Note

    ★★

  • Donbass

    ★★★★

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  • Censor

    Censor

    Overhyped — the stuff of BTECs.

    Muddled narrative and message (i.e., the media violence debate). It fell apart during the final act. Descending not so much into madness but tawdriness.

    The scariest thing about Censor is the critical hype that surrounded the film on release. Here, the cult discourse that has dominated British film criticism since the mid-90s really needs to be challenged.

  • The Mother

    The Mother

    ★★★★

    Sirk in Surbiton.

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    A Matter of Life and Death (1946) meets Inside Out (2015).

  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    ★★★½

    The Small Axe (BBC1, 2020) series of films is an important moment in television representation. It is a story of black British history that needs to be told and the theme of systematic institutionalised racism discussed.

    A central problem of Mangrove (Steve McQueen, 2020) is formal. McQueen’s art video aesthetic and approach to narrative at times betrays the intimacy and dramatic intensity of television and belies the cinematic. 

    This is all too apparent when compared to a contemporary television film such as Horace Ove’s A…