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Stuart OConnor

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.
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Superbad

Superbad might sound like a cross between American Pie and Porky’s, with a smattering of every other teen comedy ever made, and that’s because, basically, that’s exactly what it is.

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Cloverfield

And so, after THAT trailer, and that whispery, understated stealth marketing campaign, Cloverfield, producer JJ (Lost) Abrams' monster movie, finally hits. And it's a little cracker.

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Great

The Good Night

Written and directed by Jake Paltrow (Gwyneth’s brother), The Good Night treads on familiar ground as it contemplates the blurred lines between dreams and reality.

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Walk Hard

Music biopics are often slave to their own formula: flashblacks, montages, voiceovers, a past tragedy to overcome, great success, experimentation with drugs/drink/sex (delete as applicable).

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Superb

No Country For Old Men

There is always a danger in over-hyping a film. If every critical voice — from the nationals to, well, newish kids on the block like Screenjabber — declares a film...

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INTERVIEW Tom Hanks & Mike Nichols

'I saw white powder on red fingernails passing in front of my face. I don't ever recall breathing in...'

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Charlie Wilson's War

The foibles of foreign policy, the power of persuasion and the benefit of hindsight all come under scrutiny in Charlie Wilson's War.

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INTERVIEW Cristian Mungiu

'The films that came out of Romania were very strange... It was a lesson in how not to make films.'

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Superb

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days

Given the recent run of Cannes winners — where the judging process seems to go: 'Bleak? Unfathomable? Impossibly pretentious? Give it the Palme D'Or' — the arrival of 4 Months,...