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  • Casablanca
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  • The Night of the Hunter
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  • General Idi Amin Dada

    ★★★½

  • Death on the Nile

    ★★★

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★½

  • Infinity

    ★★★

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  • General Idi Amin Dada

    General Idi Amin Dada

    ★★★½

    AKA: General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait
    A fascinating, surreal, chilling documentary filmed in 1974 when General Idi Amin Dada was leader of Uganda. A sort of 'Idi Amin in his own words' as director Barbet Schroeder takes his life in his hands interviewing and travelling with the megalomaniac, brutal dictator who wanted the film to portray him as funny, friendly, smart and teller of truths.
    Schroeder mostly refrains from making comment, allowing Amin himself to reveal his delusional, hapless, despotic character.

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★★

    To be honest, as a detective, I prefer watching Kenneth Branagh playing Kurt Wallander, but I'm warming to him playing Hercule Poirot.
    This starts off with an excellent prologue which acts as an origin story for Poirot's magnificent moustache and ends with a moody epilogue with Poirot symbolically sans said moustache.
    In between it's a bit variable with some great 'bluesy' music countered by a lot of unnecessary exposition and some iffy acting. The story and characters are predictable (it…

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  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    Part 1
    So no whitewash here. Peter Jackson just lets us see exactly what happened. This is The Beatles' winter of discontent in the cold, cavernous, poorly acoustic Twickenham Studios. The songs are barely more than rough demos, everyone's niggly and grumpy, only Paul seems to have any enthusiasm for the project and even he's moaning about getting no support. But there are still snippets of joy and camaraderie and the genesis of some fantastic songs.
    Don't know what it's…

  • Keoma

    Keoma

    ★★★½

    Epic late-period spaghetti western directed by Enzo G. Castellari and starring the epic looking Franco Nero as Keoma, a half-breed ex-soldier (and fastest gun in the west) who returns to his home town to find it in the hands of an evil tyrant supported by Keoma's three half-brothers.
    Full of wonderfully composed shots and lots of close-ups of Franco Nero's stunning blue eyes, the film emphasises its vicious violence by using slow-motion spinning deaths, and has a strange soundtrack of…