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  • The Go-Between

    The Go-Between

    ★★★★½

    This Joseph Losey directed movie, which obtained the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971, has a mesmerising charm. It's based on the 1953 novel by L. P. Hartley and adapted to the screen exquisitely by Harold Pinter. Julie Christie and Alan Bates give excellent performances, and the costumes are first class. Losey shoots the scenes with gentle and easygoing radiance, and there's an evocative musical score by Michel Legrand who's love theme I Still See You was released as a single by Scott Walker (with lyrics by Hal Sharper) in 1971.

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★★

    It's been twenty-one years since I've last appreciated a Jennifer Lopez movie (Out of Sight) so her appearance here in a not only watchable film, but an enjoyable one, is something which completely caught me unexpectedly. Nevertheless, credit where it's due, ”Jenny from the Block” slides through this sagacious critique of society with an aura of effortlessness; she's entirely in command of her character as the character she portrays is of her circumstances. It's based on a New York magazine article by Jessica Pressle and adapted and directed by Lorene Scafaria, and it's an unexpected riot of a movie.

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  • This Sporting Life

    This Sporting Life

    ★★★★½

    This Sporting Life remains a relentless movie which manages to be intense and compelling equally. Richard Harris, in perhaps his most significant role, portrays a struggling sportsman attempting to achieve recognition in professional rugby with a coarse stained shirt intensity as director Lindsay Anderson stomps studded boots on topics such as success and social divisions. Rachel Roberts is similarly splendid as Margaret Hammond, a widow congested with evident sadness who Frank becomes Infatuated over. This is a mesmerising movie.

  • Only You

    Only You

    ★★★★½

    Only You displays agility in offering insight which sympathetically communicates the feelings of the couple at the heart of this movie. It’s a credit to screenwriter and director Harry Wootliff for building two identifiably familiar and perceivable characters as they examine what it takes to produce a lasting connection. Laia Costa and Josh O'Connor are outstanding as they allow the psychological consequences of wanting a child they can't have erode their happiness. This movie is an exceptionally crafted romance.