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Gemini

If you're into contemporary mystery stories, then Gemini might be up your alley. Personally, it wasn't as artsy and pretentious as I like my moving image, but it was an entertaining and easy watch nonetheless. Starring Lola Kirke as the adorable, if not slightly unhinged PA Jill to Zoe Kravitz's disillusioned actress Heather - the two have a great chemistry which hints at a budding love story. However, that narrative gets shot down (literally) with the brutal murder of Heather. Jill sets out to find out what happened, whilst being the main suspect in the case, and uncovers a world of stalkers, deceit, and the perils of being a celebrity. Stunningly shot and well soundtracked, Gemini sits comfortably between films like The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers.

The Grown-Ups

A touching and often funny documentary which looks at the lives of four people with Downs Syndrome, who all attend a specialised school in Chile for adults with learning difficulties. Lovebirds Anita and Andres are the focus, as they plan their lives together, discuss marriage, sex, and living with each other. Unfortunately, due to their illness, they have been dehumanised by even their families, seen to be incapable of having the emotional needs of an able-bodied/neurotypical person. Cleverly shot, Alberdi ensures that no one without a disability is clearly shown, presenting the main cast as the norm, without anyone to compare them to. In a world that treats adults with learning difficulties as invisible, The Grown-Ups shines a kind and respectful light upon them.

Mutafukaz

A rambunctious French/Japanese co-production, Mutafukaz is a cartoon film for the Adult Swim generation. Angelino and Vinz navigate life as broke twenty-somethings in Dark Meat City, until it all goes awry when Angelino discovers he can see shape-shifting demons and has powers fit for an anime hero. All linking back to his abandonment when he was a baby, he holds the key to a battle between good and evil. A classic and thoughtful story about growing up, coated in layer after layer of pop culture references. From the Limez and the Grapz, two warring gangs who will look very familiar if you play GTA, to the comic book style titles that pop up, and a sequence that looks like a distorted Pacman level, Mutafukaz is a wild ride.

Pickups

Starring Aidan Gillen, as not-quite himself, Pickups is an exploration into the gradually warping mind of a middle aged actor. A disturbing dark comedy, which blurs the lines between “reality” which in this case is a documentary, and fiction, which is the film that Aiden is shooting. Brilliantly crafted, this is a film that discusses the difficulties in being an actor – having to pretend you're someone else for so long that you gradually lose who you are. Amongst this, Aiden tries to bond with his son, who he rarely sees thanks to his divorce, with little success – a self-reflexive, quintessentially British, Man Bites Dog -esque , black comedy.