The Queen of Versailles

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So it sags in the middle, and the nature of these documentaries means a quick Google would make you more up-to-date, but in the story of a family who won big selling dreams before crashing in a bad economy, TQoV comes close to being the perfect movie for our times.

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The Look of Love

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Coogan gives an impressive performance as sleaze baron Raymond – in fact all the leads are great – but they are badly served by a script that doesn’t know how to frame its story (or even which one to tell), while the repetitive scenes of sex and drug-taking grow quickly, unusually tiresome.

 

 

The Place Beyond the Pines

 

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Like Blue ValentineTPBTP is a tale of two halves – one hopeful, one bleak – but in this world life is unfair and the halves uneven. Moving hastily to cover too much story, the film isn’t always convincing, but it is surprising. Cianfrance has a classic in him somewhere.