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  • Suspicious River

    Suspicious River

    ★★★

    Molly Parker is terrific, although the disturbing story is rather muddled.

  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    ★★

    I know that Ken Loach means well, but this is a rather distorted version of Irish history.

    Most members of the Old IRA, from both factions, were conservative Catholics. A utopian socialist republic was never a real possibility, however much both Loach and I wish that it had been.

    I didn't find the characters in this particular tale very believable, since they seem to be cogs in the script-machinery.

    Loach has made other great films, but he should probably stick to the English homeland he understands best.

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★½

    I've liked the director's other movies, but his cartoonish style is horribly wrong for a serious crime story.

  • London Spy

    London Spy

    ★★★½

    A long moody meditation on grief and desperate loneliness (suffered by all the characters), folded within a rather unlikely paranoid thriller.