Twelve Years a Slave



TYAS is a stunningly beautiful, brilliantly soundtrack-ed and punishingly complex film about the outrage of slavery. More than mere emotion-porn, and somehow subtler than his other films, over and over again McQueen asks us: how can we idly permit such horrors to happen so long as they don’t touch us?


World War Z


At one point in WWZ, a character runs, trips and shoots himself in the head, which might be a metaphor for the entire film; so keen is everyone to keep things moving that the film never slows to build tension, or establish characters beyond genre shorthand – its fatal flaw.