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  • Edward, My Son

    ★★½

  • Home from the Hill

    ★★★★½

  • Olivia

    ★★★½

  • Poison

    ★★★½

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  • Platform

    Platform

    ★★★★★

    Zhangke has described Platform as a weight on his heart that if he didn't remove he wouldn't be able to do anything else, a film so epic in scope that it couldn't be his feature debut as intended, but instead became a sophomore effort and his magnum opus.

    Spanning a tumultuous decade that begins in 1979, the film follows the lives of a group of young people during China's Cultural Revolution, a generation swept up by changes so drastic that…

  • The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    ★★★★

    'You have our permission to bugger off!'

    Connery and Caine directed by John Huston in an adventure movie originally intended for Bogart and Gable—God's holy trousers, if that doesn't immediately make you want to watch this I don't know what will.

    The Man Who Would Be King is an old fashioned film adaptation of an old fashioned novel but it's anything but dated, Huston wisely decides to play it as a rollicking tongue in cheek escapist comedy up until the…

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  • Edward, My Son

    Edward, My Son

    ★★½

    Unavoidably stagey, awkwardly paced and surprisingly poorly acted, Edward, My Son is far below the usual quality of all involved and is certainly one of George Cukor's least inspired directorial efforts, the adaptation of Noel Langley and Robert Morley's play lacking energy and confronting its material with a heavy-handedness that fails to involve the audience on any kind of emotional level.

    Even Spencer Tracy is underwhelming as ruthless patriarch Arnold Boult, a man who mistakes spoiling his privileged son rotten…

  • Home from the Hill

    Home from the Hill

    ★★★★½

    'One day some husband is going to kill you.'

    Along with Tea and Sympathy, Home from the Hill is another of Minnelli's masterful melodramas that just isn't talked about nearly enough, a film where the florid but delicate directorial richness enhances every aspect of the production, from the exemplary script to the terrific performances. There simply was no other Hollywood filmmaker able to project the inner thoughts, feeling and emotions of his characters onto the scenery to the extent that…

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    The Final Cut. Cinema City, Norwich.

    Tonight my dream came true. Blade Runner on the big screen. Every time I watch it it's a different experience, there's something new that I didn't notice before, details emerge from the rain and smog that weren't apparent before. Hearing the reverberating sound that begins the film, I was immediately immersed in the tech-noir world of Los Angeles, 2019 and this followed by the opening shots of industrial cityscape sent chills down my spine,…

  • Antoine and Colette

    Antoine and Colette

    ★★★½

    Friendzone: New Wave edition.