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      A Bigger Splash (7/10)


        In this film Tilda Swinton plays Marianne, a major rock star who has had to have a throat operation and is convalescing in a villa on an isolated Mediterranean island. All seems idyllic and Eden-esque (complete with a presumably symbolic local snake) when temptation arrives in the form of her former record producer and ex-lover Harry (Ralph Fiennes) who has recently discovered that he has a grown-up daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson), who is travelling with him during a break from her studies.


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      Last Cab to Darwin (7/10)


        This movie tells the story of Rex (Michael Caton), a taxi driver who has never even left his hometown of Broken Hill, NSW. Just as Rex learns his stomach cancer has spread and the doctors give him maximum three months to live, he hears the news that voluntary euthanasia has been legalised in the Nothern Territory. Within a couple of days he is on his way in his cab to Darwin to find Dr. Farmer (Jacki Weaver), who is in the limelight for championing a new euthanasia programme.


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      Goosebumps (6/10)


        This movie takes one of R.L.Stine’s book series (there are currently 182 Goosebump books) and makes a merry mash-up of it all. Jack Black plays RL Stine as a recluse, living in a small town in Delaware. When new neighbours move in, teenage Zach (Dylan Minette) can’t help himself and finds himself sneaking into Stine’s house one night. When he accidentally drops one of Stine’s Goosebump manuscripts on the floor, it unleashes the monster inside…


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      Room (9/10)


        The premise of Room does not sound promising. A young woman is bringing up her young child, both confined to a small shed that she has been held captive in for seven years by an abductor. The child, who has just turned five years of age, has no idea what the outside world looks like other than through TV images, which his mother has described to him as from outer space.


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      Trumbo (7/10)


        Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was the highest paid screen writer in Hollywood in the late 1940s before he fell foul of the House UnAmerican Activities Commission. In an atmosphere of cold war paranoia senate hearings were held in which suspected communist sympathisers were grilled and asked to betray others, on pain of prison.


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      Hunger (5/10)


        Hunger chronicles the last months of Bobby Sands. Sands (Michael Fassbender) was an IRA member, imprisoned in the Maze prison in the early 1980s. The IRA prisoners, amonst others, refused to wear the standard issue prison clothes as they insisted their terrorist acts weren’t criminal but politically driven, and hence they demanded ‘political status’ in prison. Thatcher refused.


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      Jagten (aka The Hunt) (8/10)


        Little kids don’t lie. Or do they? Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is trying to rebuild purpose to his life; he lives in a small community somewhere in Denmark, has had a bad divorce, his teenage son lives with his mother, has lost his job but has found a new one as teacher in the local kindergarten.


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      Everest (7/10)


        In 1992, Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), a Kiwi mountaineer, was the first to establish a commercial tourist business guiding (fit & wealthy) amateurs up Everest with his company Adventure Consultants, for $65,000 per person. With such an appealing income, other entrepreneurial mountaineers followed suit, offering the same climb for less money. Hall had a strong reputation for reliability and safety, and amongst the other mountaineering companies was known as The Mayor of Basecamp.


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      The Diary of a Teenage Girl (4/10)


        Minnie (Bel Powley) is a 15-year old girl growing up in 1970s San Francisco. Her mother Carol (Kristen Wiig) is a shallow hippie who spends most of her time not raising her daughter or setting any boundaries, since she is either too drunk or too high, or both. Minnie is a horny teen and keen to explore, but she considers herself too ugly to possibly be considered attractive by anyone. When her mom’s boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) in one of his many moments of weakness tells he she looks pretty, ever-horny Minnie goes in for the kiss.


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      Experimenter (6/10)


        Even if not by name, most people will have heard of the experiments this movie is about. Milgram was trying to understand how people respond to (perceived) authority and rules when they are given instructions that most people in ‘normal’ circumstances would generally be thought to obviously decline to carry out.


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