The Gift (15) |Home Ents Review

Joel Edgerton literally does it all in this anxiety-inducing thriller. It’s somewhat of a concept piece, with the conceit whereby a figure from the past re-emerges in order to make one reassess the status of your present state. At 108 minutes it never outstays it’s welcome and will leave many wishing there was more to follow in the form a finite resolution. It ends in delicious, if horrific ambiguity.

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Black Mass (15) | Close-Up Film Review

The movies have a habit of making the criminal underworld seem appealing, with its charismatic inhabitants idolised as men born into a life of racketeering and shallow graves, so casting Johnny Depp as one of America’s most infamously violent gangsters might seem a bit of a gamble. An actor who’s had a string of high-profile flops playing larger-than-life characters covered in prosthetic make-up, being asked to play, well, essentially the same thing.

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