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  • Apocalypse Now
  • Sorcerer
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Barry Lyndon

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  • House of Games

    ★★★★

  • Cobra Verde

    ★★★½

  • Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

    ★★★

  • He Dreams of Giants

    ★★★★

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    Alex Garland's second film as director is a terrifying and original entry into the science fiction horror genre. Progressive gender roles and strong female casting imbue the narrative with a fresh approach to survival situations, and may push the viewer towards a redefinition of the survival of love itself. Timely and powerful messages, tapping into deep conceptual fears of nature and change, lie under a surface that will make your skin crawl.

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    What strikes me about Kubrick films lately is the photography. He made images that feel created for pure storytelling, almost as if they're captured by the mind rather than a camera. The image is usually a bit soft, suggesting a rejection of sharpness & clarity as desirable visual qualities. If you pull on that thread you end up noticing the way colour, composition, light & shade are used in atypical ways along the same lines. The cinematography gets more special, and takes…

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  • Angel Heart

    Angel Heart

    ★★★★

    A brooding & bloody psychological journey, with probably Mickey Rourke's best performance. Dramatically heavy-handed in all the best ways.

  • Cobra Verde

    Cobra Verde

    ★★★½

    Not a great Herzog fiction film, but it’s his last with Klaus Kinski, and it has memorable moments. Maybe even moments of genius.

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Excellent cinematography (Claire Mathon) and a powerful sense of place and time create an impressive backdrop for this love story between a female portrait painter (Noémie Merlant as Marianne) and the lady of the house (Adèle Haenel as Héloïse). Terrific performances memorably etch two strong-willed personalities, equally stubborn and intelligent, in the mind. Set at the end of the 18th century (the time of Jane Austen, whose style of romantic literature this film feels part of), the manners and behavioural…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★½

    A road trip to meet the parents turns into an inner voyage where identity breaks down and questions itself, and personalities and timelines shift. No-one really knows where they’re going, but danger seems to lie ahead. The film could almost be a spin-off of the last episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, with a long, bleak drive through an odd environment towards a strange place (to meet the parents, no less), and the basic facts of reality becoming less clear…