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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    1917 had been hyped for some time prior to its release, beginning its Oscar-baiting towards the back end of last year. This is unsurprising, given it is heralded auteur Sam Mendes’ first film in four years.

    His last effort had been the dazzling but ultimately shallow Spectre, the much-anticipated follow-up to the lauded Skyfall. With those films, Mendes proved that he does cinematic spectacle better than most. And so, it’s not at all surprising that he should try his hand…

  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    ★★★★

    Stop the clocks. 2020 may have peaked already, thanks to Hugh Grant’s turn in The Gentlemen.

    Guy Ritchie’s crime caper is a roaring return to form for a director that forged his reputation by devising entertainingly far-fetched tales of the UK’s criminal underworld.

    One of the USPs of Ritchie’s filmography is his penchant for inspired casting – think footballer-turned-cinema-hardman Vinnie Jones in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Or Alan Ford as the infinitely quotable Brick Top in Snatch.

    Grant…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Mulholland Drive is almost certainly the most fervently discussed entry of the Lynchian canon (if you don't agree, just Google the title) and is in many respects his most intriguing piece of work.

    The dystopian 'dreamplace' of modern day Los Angeles provides the backdrop for this tale of one (or is it two?) woman's descent into the bowels of Hollywood. Interpretations of both Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring's characters have differed over the 13 years that have eluded since…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    Blue Velvet's is arguably David Lynch's most accessible work, though that's not to say it's easy to write about. With Lynch, you take what you can get and it's almost guaranteed that your interpretation will differ greatly from the person nearest to you in the auditorium. That is the great beauty of Lynch's filmography and what makes this director one of the most enduring enigmas of independent cinema.

    With Blue Velvet, Lynch leads us on an unsettling voyage into the…