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  • Jaws
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Sunset Boulevard
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  • The Human Voice

    ★★★

  • White Girl

    ★★

  • Sadistic Intentions

    ★★★½

  • Claudette's Star

    ★★★½

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  • The Human Voice

    The Human Voice

    ★★★

    Swinton is excellent, and the general feeling of the piece is done fairly well, but this is lesser Almodóvar, neither passionate nor transgressive enough when compared to what fans know he can deliver. Still, perhaps that's why he went with the short film format for his English-language debut.

    And it's worth noting that this whole idea of abandoned/spurned lovers setting fire to things as some kind of cleansing ritual isn't so good when you decide to try it in real life. Be warned, anything involving fire is almost immediately a custodial sentence. Don't ask me how I know. I just . . . know :-(

  • White Girl

    White Girl

    ★★

    Something we've seen done so many times before, White Girl has no surprises, and just doesn't make enough of a comment on anything to be worthwhile, although at least it doesn't take up too much of your time.

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  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    I don't think it's overstating the fact to say that Trainspotting was one of the defining films of the 1990s. Slowly but surely, almost everyone involved with the film developed a pretty successful film career (with Ewan McGregor, arguably, going on to be the most successful). Danny Boyle confidently delivered on that film-savvy potential that he'd shown with Shallow Grave. The soundtrack was one of the best of the decade, and the marketing and poster design is still being utilised…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    AKA that film that features Patrick Stewart as the leader of a bunch of neo-Nazis. AKA "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

    Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, who previously gave us the excellent Blue Ruin (and before that gave us Murder Party - which I have yet to watch), Green Room could accurately be described as a snarling beast of a film. It feels raw and visceral throughout, and not just because the main protagonists are members of a punk…