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No Spoilers Last night the luminous Amy Adams and her director Tom Ford took to the London stage to try and explain just why 'Nocturnal Animals' works so beautifully. Adams pointed out that Ford allows the performances to breathe instead of cutting them to death - and it shows. The most wrenching moments in this film are the quietest. It won't be to everyone's taste; it's set in the world of…
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No spoilers Denis Villeneuve's 'Arrival' is big-budget SF that starts pretty much where 'Close Encounters' ended. The first five minutes establishes that 12 gigantic space vessels have appeared around the earth, and we now have to figure out how to contact them without getting our heads blown off. Why have they come here - and why land in Devon? As one scientist says; 'Why those places? All we can…
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Tim Burton's directorial style has never been very sophisticated or subtle. That's fine; neither was Ken Russell's, but he combined sound and imagery brilliantly. Burton started out with the childlike colour explosions of 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure' and 'Edward Scissorhands', and only fell down when he reined in his sense of the absurd. 'Sweeney Todd' partly defeated him because he never came up…
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