Twelve Years a Slave

 

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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?

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World War Z

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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.