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  • Gwen

    Gwen

    ★★★½

    Described as a dark folk tale by its filmmakers, Gwen takes its name from a young teenage girl coming to terms with an absent father-at-war, the declining health of her mother and a local community closing in on the family land. Set in Snowdonia during the industrial revolution it marks the debut of director William McGregor, who makes the transition from TV shows like Poldark and The Missing.

    Running at an impressively light 80 minutes, McGregor’s film is an atmospheric…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★

    As is widely known by now, Martin Scorsese’s next film, The Irishman, will rely heavily on CGI to de-age the likes of De Niro, Pacino and co. for the various flashback scenes. Scorsese is still working feverishly in post production to perfect the ‘youthification’ of the actors and recently raised some concerns: “When we put them all together, it cuts back and forth... Now, it’s real. Now, I’m seeing it. Now, certain shots need more work on the eyes, need…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    There is Daniel Day Lewis' performance, a standard which has become almost ludicrously normal for the man now. Paul Thomas Anderson's assured writing and direction instils an epic feel within the stripped down surroundings. Then there is the music. The score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will be the first thing that coats you with the thickness of the film’s black atmosphere.

    Greenwood's compositional skills have developed over the arc of Radiohead's career, pushed forward after the group dropped their guitars…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Finding the right person who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When the frame can be focused on a face that so clearly tells a story of its own, the symbiotic relationship between director and performer evolves beyond the expectations of standard storytelling.

    Very…