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  • Rocks

    Rocks

    ★★★★

    This movie needs more attention, and more of these stories need to be told in this manner. Rocks focuses on Olushola, known as Rocks, a black teenager in London whose mother leaves her and her little bother Emmanuel to fend for themselves. It's an examination of the British social services system, and various other issues faced by the underprivileged. In that way it is successful, not in the confronting way of something like I, Daniel Blake, but still honest and…

  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★★★

    As someone who knows and appreciates Taylor Swift's impact on music and popular culture over the last decade a bit, but who tries to ignore or even reject the fawning over celebrities, I was apprehensive about Miss Americana. Much to my surprise, and perhaps to Swift and hand-picked director Lana Wilson's as well, this doesn't really come across as a celebration of the singer at all.

    What Miss Americana wants is to explain a little about Swift's journey and metamorphosis…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    I don't think I've ever had an experience in the cinema like the one I had with Whiplash. I sweated, I chewed all my fingernails off and when it finished I found it hard to walk out due to constantly straining all my muscles! This is an exercise in sustained tension the likes you would never expect to find in a film about music.

    The craft on hand in Whiplash is of the highest order. Damien Chazelle is a hugely…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    David Fincher doing a movie about psychopaths; probably one of the most strangely successful tags you could put to a film. Fincher's slick style and technical ability just seems to lend itself to producing thoroughly absorbing and involving films featuring the most nightmarish of people and plots.

    I do have to say I thought Gone Girl dragged a bit towards the end. I couldn't figure out how it would end and then it seemed like it never would! But I…