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Bridge of Spies (7/10)

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In the depths of the cold war a Russian agent Rudolf Abel (actually a KGB colonel called Vilyam Fisher, though the movie does not reveal this), played by Mark Rylance, is arrested. The US bar council asks a prominent attorney called James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), who made his name at the Nuremberg Trials but now works in Insurance, to take on the role of defending Abel – they want American justice to be seen to be done before Abel is inevitably convicted and possibly executed.

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A Second Chance (5/10)

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Andreas appears to be living a dream life. He lives in the kind of Scandinavian home on the waterfront that has probably been showcased in various design magazines; his wife Anna is almost as good looking as he is himself; and they have just a little baby boy Alexander to make their idyllic little life complete.

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Snowtown (7/10)

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John Bunting is Australia’s worst serial killer, convicted for 11 murders he committed between 1992 and 1999 (a 12th could not be proven). These murders took place mostly in the suburbs of Adelaide, but the bodies were discovered some 150km away in Snowtown, hence the name of the movie (internationally released under the title ‘The Snowtown Murders’).

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Before We Go (5/10)

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Before We Go is the directorial debut of Chris Evans. He has chosen to do something completely different from his Captain America/Avengers franchise and go small. Maybe even too small as this movie lacks the depth of emotion to care much about its outcome.

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Z for Zachariah (7/10)

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After an unexplained nuclear event, a young woman Ann has been living as sole survivor for at least a year or two on her parents’ farm in a valley which seems to have been shielded from the radiation that has killed most if not all other people. One day, another survivor stumbles upon her patch: Mr Loomis, infected with radiation sickness. Ann nurses him back to health. As his strength returns, Mr Loomis begins to help out around the farm to amongst other things ensure they have food to survive the next winter.

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Youth (7/10)

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The latest movie of Paolo Sorrentino was shot by the same director of photography as his previous movie La Grande Belezza. And the movie is (mostly) beautifully shot indeed. Set in an exclusive sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel observe the other guests as well as their own lives and the follies of their youth, most of which they are too old for to accurately remember.

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Notes on a Scandal (9/10)

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In this small-scale drama, Judi Dench both narrates and stars as Barbara Coveet, a teacher reaching the end of here career in a rough London comprehensive school. A stone is thrown into the calm pool of the teacher’s common room in the form of the beautiful Sheba (Cate Blanchett), a new and inexperienced art teacher. While the male teachers sniff around the already married Sheba, Barbara shows her kindness and befriends her.

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Southpaw (6/10)

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Jake Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, a boxer raised in an orphanage in Hell’s Kitchen where he met his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams). The movie starts when Billy is on top of the world as reigning boxing champion living a lavish lifestyle.

Maureen has always been the loving and sensible one, making the decisions for the family. She is starting to get worried that the boxing is beginning to get Billy punch-drunk and wants him to slow down before he becomes a permanently dribbling mess.

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Love & Mercy (7/10)

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Of course I know a number of Beach Boys hits, but I can’t say I am a particur fan so I didn’t know much about -as per the movie’s tagline- ‘the life, love and genius of Brian Wilson’. Two hours later, and now I do.

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