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  • Breathe

    ★★★★

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

  • The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

  • Good Time

    ★★★★

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  • Breathe

    Breathe

    ★★★★

    The Guardian feature review here.

    Joy is a complicated emotion to capture on screen – particularly when your narrative deals with paralysis, imprisonment and a desire for death. Yet Andy Serkis’s directorial feature debut, about the life of pioneering polio survivor Robin Cavendish, is so full of laughter that one might easily forget its sombre subject matter. Part exuberant love story, part great escape adventure, this is an old-fashioned tale of triumph over adversity that refuses – like its protagonists –…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    The Guardian feature review here.

    “That critical moment we both knew would come someday – here it is…” After the jet-black social satire of Dogtooth, the role-playing bereavement of Alps and the quasi-sci-fi tragicomedy of The Lobster, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos sets his sights on something altogether more unsettling. Segueing seamlessly from the theatre of absurdity to cruelty, he presents a tale of mythical, methodical revenge that starts with an ironic chuckle and moves inexorably towards a silent scream.

    Taking its…

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    Kermode & Mayo's Take here.

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★★

    The Guardian feature review here.

    In 2019, JJ Abrams’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker served up a string of emptily familiar set pieces as it brought the curtain down on Episode IX – the final instalment of a sequel trilogy. Ever since, fans of the furiously divisive penultimate instalment, The Last Jedi, have argued that The Rise of Skywalker’s original co-writer/director, Colin Trevorrow, would have delivered a far more rewardingly risk-taking finale had he not left because of “creative differences”.…