Film Journal

THE FILM JOURNAL | December 2015

I look back at the films and TV shows I watched in the previous month, whether they were brand new, or simply unknown to me before. Dates are by UK release.


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Unmissable Those pieces of work that prove cinema is one of humanity’s better endeavours.
Example: Apocalypse Now

Recommended Extraordinary films that are must-sees, but perhaps not considered masterpieces.
Example: Kick-Ass

Avoid Movies that exhibit technical ineptitude, cause severe ideological malaise, or both.
Example: Grown Ups

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MV5BMTc5MTg2NjQ4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzcxOTY5NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_The Good Dinosaur
[2015]

 

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MV5BNDg0OTE1OTk0NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzkyOTE2NjE@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_Taxi Tehran
(Taxi) [2015]

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MV5BMTcxNTkxMzA5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTI0ODMzNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Carol 
[2015]

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MV5BMTM0Nzg5NzE5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzE3NDkyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Shane 
[1953]

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Glassland PosterGlassland 
[2015]

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MV5BNzM2OTEyNTUwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDU5Nzk4NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Lambert & Stamp
 [2015]

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MV5BMjQyNzc4NTIyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjQ0NTcwNjE@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_The New Girlfriend
(Une nouvelle amie) [2015]

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MV5BMjE4NTkyODk4NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjY0NzkxNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_
Christmas with the Coopers [2015]

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MV5BMTc2Mjk0MTM0NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjgyOTg1NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Victor Frankenstein
[2015]

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MV5BMjk0MjMzMTI3NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODEyODkxNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Krampus 
[2015]

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the-goob-posterThe Goob
 [2015]

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Sunset_Song_(film)_POSTERSunset Song
 [2015]

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MV5BMTkyNDY1ODQwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzA2MjUwNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_The Night Before
 [2015]

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Deceptively good

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MV5BMjMzNTU4NDAzM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTI4NzgzMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_1971 
[2015]

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MV5BNzM2NDY4MDc4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODM0OTkwNjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Black Coal, Thin Ice
(Bai ri yan huo) [2015]

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Great new world cinema

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Les_Combattants_posterLes combattants
 [2015]

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1a450206ad3fc3b87acd25360acd859cBlack Souls
(Anime nere) [2015]

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Great  new world cinema

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MV5BMTY5NTkyMzM1Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODU3Njc2NjE@._V1_SY317_CR6,0,214,317_AL_Knock Knock
 [2015]

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MV5BMTgwMTE4NzAwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzE0MjkxMzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Comet 
[2015]

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MV5BMTk5NDk1OTk3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODk3ODU3NjE@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_The Wonders (Le meraviglie) [2015]

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Great new world cinema

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MV5BNDQ2MzAzNzYzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODc3OTU5NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Do I Sound Gay? [2015]

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MV5BMjAzOTM4MzEwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzU1OTc1MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Scarface 
[1983]

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MV5BMTUxNTA5NTAzM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODE2NDkyMjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Housebound 
[2015]

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Under-the-radar hit

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MV5BMzMwMzE2MjUzNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzMwNDQ3NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Manglehorn 
[2015]

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MV5BMTYyNDg3ODAxMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTkyOTE2NjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Theeb 
[2015]

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Great new world cinema

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MV5BMTgzNjE1Njg1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDI3NTMyMQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_A New Leaf
 [1971]

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MV5BMjE2MzI3Mzk3OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTM0NDMyMTE@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_The Dance of Reality
(La danza de la realidad) [2015]

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MV5BMjA5NzUwODExM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjM0MzE4NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_In the Heart of the Sea [2015]

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MV5BMTQ5NjQ2NjQ3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjU4MDMxMjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Closed Curtain
(Pardé) [2015]

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Great new world cinema

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MV5BMTgyMjY3MzI5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTkxNTU0MzE@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_Miss Julie 
[2015]

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MV5BOTAzODEzNDAzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDU1MTgzNzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Star Wars: Episode VII  – The Force Awakens [2015] 

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MV5BNTIzOTA4MDk0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTQ5NjAxNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_W/ Bob & David | Season 1 [2015]

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MV5BMTk3NjE1NzM2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzI1NDQ3NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Just Jim [2015]

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Under-the-radar hit

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MV5BMjAyODcyNDI0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTQzOTYzNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Hector [2015]

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MV5BMjExMDE2OTIxM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDY5NzAyNjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Grandma [2015]

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Under-the-radar hit

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MV5BMTA5MTc4MDE5OTdeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDg3MTg3NjUx._V1_SY317_CR12,0,214,317_AL_Mia madre [2015]

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MV5BMjM3MzQ5NDE5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODE5OTQyNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Sisters [2015] 

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MV5BMjIxMDYwMTg3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDQ1NzQ0MzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Red Army [2015]

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MV5BMjEyNDQyMTc2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjMzMTAwNjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Listen to Me Marlon [2015]

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MV5BMjEzNzY2NjYwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTY1MDU1NTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Tangerine [2015]

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MV5BMTgwNzA3MDQzOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTE5MDE5NDE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Tangerines (Mandariinid) [2015]

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MV5BMjQ2MjUzNTg5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTY1MTY3NjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_The Hallow [2015] 

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MV5BMTQzNDUwODk5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzA0MDQ2NTE@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Love [2015]

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MV5BMTUyNDU2MDMxM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzAzMTk1NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_By the Sea [2015]

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MV5BMTYzMTkyNjE4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzU3MTQwNzE@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_The Forbidden Room [2015]

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Under-the-radar hit

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55ed51e9-fb04-4381-b5c7-54382e20e717A Syrian Love Story [2015]

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MV5BMTU1MzAxOTY2MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzYzMzM5NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_The Peanuts Movie [2015]

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MV5BMTQ0OTE1MTk4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDM5OTk5NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Daddy’s Home [2015] 

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MV5BMTY4NzMxMjUwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDk1ODMxNzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_The Ridiculous 6 [2015] 

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MV5BMTY4NzMxMjUwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDk1ODMxNzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Attack on Titan (Shingeki no kyojin) | Season 1 [2013]

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