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  • Busby

    ★★★½

  • The 300 Spartans

    ★★

  • Charade

    ★★★★

  • War and Peace

    ★★★

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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

    There’s a moment in Roman Holiday, roughly two thirds of the way through, that always sticks in my mind. Hepburn and Peck have just spent an afternoon sightseeing in Rome, and are about to go dancing by the river. Off camera we hear a horse-drawn carriage, and our couple both turn to look at it. Peck twists back to meet Hepburn’s eyes, which light up instantly as she flashes her million-dollar smile. He asks her a wordless question, and her…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

    Sandwiched between Vertigo and Psycho, in what might just be the most impressive three year stretch in cinema history, Alfred Hitchcock gave us one of the all-time great thrillers. Riveting from the first frame to the last, North by Northwest a tightly-wound dive into Cold War paranoia; packed full of compelling performances, sharp dialogue, bluffs and double bluffs, misdirection and conspiracy, and some of the most memorable sequences in the great director's glistening filmography.

    It's no great shock that Hitchcock…

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  • Busby

    Busby

    ★★★½

    If Sir Alex Ferguson is the Godfather of Manchester United, Sir Matt Busby is God himself. The man who formed and instilled the philosophy that has been intrinsically tied to the club's identity ever since, one of entertainment, intensity and youth, his was a life defined by triumph and tragedy in equal measure. This affectionate documentary combines archival footage and anecdotal stories from Busby's players to paint a wonderful picture of the football legend, from his early days in charge…

  • The 300 Spartans

    The 300 Spartans

    ★★

    With my own personal attachment to Zack Snyder's 300, this 60s reimagining of the Battle of Thermopylae was always going to be underwhelming in comparison. Even still, this feels particularly hackneyed and tacky, like a lazy attempt to copy the best bits of Spartacus and just change the setting. Needless to say, it never really gets off the ground. The costumes feel like hand-me-downs from a better Roman epic, the performances and dialogue don't make the already difficult task of suspending…

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  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    Gritty doesn't even begin to cover it. Fincher's bleak outlook on the world and the sins of humanity is realised with chilling precision. The whole thing is just masterfully crafted. The subtle camerawork, the pace of the editing, the grimy design; it all creates an inescapable tension, a perpetually increasing sense of doom. The fact that you build a genuine affection for these characters, as they struggle to come to terms with the horrors they see around them, only makes…

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★★

    I loved absolutely every single hilariously acted, brilliantly designed and perfectly edited moment of this wonderfully weird film, and stuff