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1/5 80% Layer Cake (2005) It's mediocre, inane, superficial technique - coupled with a grossly saturated soundtrack - all for no discernible dramatic effect.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 86% Donnie Darko (2001) It's ultimately the piece's surprisingly sincere, compassionate edge which transmits the most.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) There's a slightly wearing tyranny in the film's insatiable, gurning desire to be congratulated on its postmodern 'cleverness' at nearly every stage of its duration.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) The careworn Marion Cotillard is a suitable icon for this most commendable of morals on the perils of neglecting social responsibility during these hardened, austere times. ‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) The story gets neutered into an Austenesque romantic drama that stereotypes and fails to get beneath the pretty surface of its period costumes and landscapes.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 31% Last Love (2013) The use of Paris is a especially lame attempt to fasttrack some pathos and twee romantce into the mix and jars with the sometime deep politicking on grief and family politics.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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5/5 96% Sideways (2004) Where Payne's fondness for template narratives has started to become a problem, Sideways - as the title evinces - has much a more complex take on the possibility of catharsis ‐ One Room With A View
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3/5 77% Bronson (2009) It's actually quite an intuitive work, taking Bronson's publicity-courting profile as a base to conjure a lurid opera on the phenomenon of 'Bronson'.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 50% Maleficent (2014) Its digressions shed a novel light on its otherwise over-familiar story, without losing the uplifting, fablistic ethos in the process.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) Ken Loach has fashioned one of his purest and most lovely films here in Jimmy's Hall.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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5/5 89% Nostalgia (Nostalghia) (1984) Almost seemed to be anticipating Tarkovsky's own demise with its strange sensibility of apocalyptic proselytising juxtaposed with a more soothing, balming, elegiac tone.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 89% Three Colors: White (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994) Unquestionably well made, and with a clever and very concentric vein of humour and storytelling verve sustained throughout.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994) It transcends the formula of its scenario to become something altogether more powerful and resonant.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 56% Dead Man's Shoes (2006) A very competent technical director replicating scenes of formulaic visual tableaux, all in the service of a slightly juvenile vigilante narrative.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 82% Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Away from Murphy's iconic comic status and star quality at the time, he was a limited dramatic actor - making almost untenable the tauter moments of the plot.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 83% Lilting (2014) Probably the quietest and least histrionic film I've seen for a long time (no mean feat when the subtext to the story is raw grief).‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 No Score Yet London (1994) London as a 'ghost town', the first post-historical city, a place that has outlived itself.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 97% Columbus (2017) Kogonada creates a recurring juxtaposition between the axis of the dramaturgy (where narrative cinema nominally places the audience) and a more transcendent, detached position‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 92% Slow West (2015) Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender, both physically and in the way they inhabit their roles, dovetail excellently.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 65% Cosmopolis (2012) A distinctly gallows take on contemporary financial mores, as one absurdly rich man's limo ride across town for a haircut functions as a state-of-the-nation discourse. ‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 100% Angst Essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) (1974) An intentional air of theatrical experimentation - almost as if Fassbinder is playing on the excesses of the representations to make clear the prejudices in German society.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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5/5 100% Stalker (1979) A true existential parable: The Zone being a genius dramaturgical blank canvas around which Tarkovsky wraps another of his epic musings on what it means to be human.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 95% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) A compelling documentary which doesn't need to work too hard to out the sheer absurdity and 'Emperor's New Clothes' air that hangs over the whole Scientology movement.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 63% Spectre (2015) Betrays the series' increasingly transparent three-yearly exercise in blandly aspirational, deluxe brand management par excellence.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) Directors Sanchez and Myrick understand the lure of legend and storytelling to the horror genre, and they cleverly choose to wrap the film up in various Russian Doll layers.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 54% Cemetery Junction (2010) An uncomfortable compromise between the evident comic talents that brought Gervais to the fore in the first place, and the commercial apparatus that his popularity has invited‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 63% The Mission (1986) The film is an exposé of a time when Western cinema was struggling to film stories of indigenous peoples in modes other than unintentionally stereotypical and condescending.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) This computerised version of A Christmas Carol automatically loses something in becoming very homogenised and, dare I say it, Americanised.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 17% Christmas Carol - The Movie (2001) This strange hotch-potch of an animation falls between all stools: failing to honour the seasonal elements to this most famous of Christmas fables while not doing anything new‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 98% Badlands (1974) A masterly exercise in ironic narration, and of a director so wholly in command of the rhetoric of his medium.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 90% The Wicker Man (1973) A genius conflation of the on-screen pagan versus Christian (and provincial versus federal) dichotomies into an equally combustible cinematographic battle of the sensibilities‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 94% Carol (2015) The main problem is that the social tapestry is far, far less interesting than in Far from Heaven.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 85% A Christmas Carol (1951) Inarguably the definitive and best adaptation of Charles Dickens' seminal Christmas fable.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 76% The Prestige (2006) Nolan's most perfect commentary on his favourite auteur theme of mise en abyme, as both magicians in their own ways make near Faustian pacts for their climactic 'prestige'.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 94% The Crying Game (1992) With 20 years' perspective, it really does seem an irretrievably ropey and dated melodrama, hamstrung by any number of strange elements.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 86% Trading Places (1983) What really resonates about this comedy, some 30 years after its release, is how it was able to intuitively crystallise the whole socio-political landscape of the era.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 93% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) One problem with the film is that it's only in the acquisition of money and the community subjugating their own savings and needs for George, that his rebirth can be complete.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 94% Widows (2018) More often than not, the neatness of McQueen's rhetoric stifles the potential of the scenario. ‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 88% Mommy (2015) Dolan's weakness is that beneath the razzamatazz, he's saddled himself with a straightforward narrative, thus his artillery merely serves the purpose of hammering home subtext‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Having the presence and dramatic lineage of three characters the Prequels weren't afforded the luxury of accessing (Han, Leia and Luke) adds some gravitas to proceedings.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 31% The Cannonball Run (1981) Cannonball Run exists somewhere in between being a last bastion of an 'old boys' Hollywood comedy, versus offering a wry send-up of those values. ‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 88% What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Structurally and content-wise it's near perfect: the film cleverly opens on a thematising visual anecdote before taking us back to the beginning of Simone's life.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 86% Still Alice (2015) It's in the Hamptons setting, the clichéd Super 8 family flashbacks and the demonstrative piano score that the film's pretensions to overly sermonise and molly-coddle is outed‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 98% Timbuktu (2015) A work of staggering dramatic and ethnographic lucidity: a crystal-clear ode to life in a harsh outpost of Mali, namely the northerly, desert-laden city of Timbuktu.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) A fantastic commentary on modern celebrity, PR, image politics and the struggle to retain personal integrity amid the sheer swirl of the internet and digital media culture.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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5/5 100% Citizen Kane (1941) Welles almost creates a mise en abyme throughout Citizen Kane, inviting but ultimately refuting the tendency to want to reduce everything to one core sentimental genesis. ‐ Patrick Nabarro
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2/5 51% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Rickman's casualness is the unwitting emblem of this silly, but enjoyable, Hollywood romp from yesteryear. ‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 No Score Yet Adam & Paul (2004) What Abrahamson gets so right is the tricky blend of quite remarkable comedy - mining an air both farcical and of the bleakly gallows variety - with a wider social critique.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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3/5 91% What Richard Did (2013) Where Abrahamson is beyond reproach, and, in fact quite masterly, is in the film's forensic dissection of its middle-class milieu.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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4/5 84% Spider (2002) An engrossing work by Cronenberg, and you have to admire his steadfastness and sense of austerity in committing to such a quiet, pungent story on the legacy of mental trauma.‐ Patrick Nabarro
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