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When it was announced that a documentary about the late Amy Winehouse was in the works, it was greeted with high levels of anticipation and reservations from fans and critics alike. Thankfully the film was made by Asif Kapadia (Senna) who, once again, has proved himself to be one of the great British filmmakers working today. Comprising of in-depth interviews that are intercut with behind-the-scenes footage and home movies, the film chronicles Winehouse’s life from the age of fourteen until her untimely death at just twenty-seven. What makes Amy such a groundbreaking piece of filmmaking is its focus on Winehouse as a songwriter, rather than trying to portray her as a drug addict. ‘Amy’ is moving and at times harrowing but ultimately a glowing tribute to the singer.
Set in New England in 1965, Moonrise Kingdom is, at its core, a story of young love and the thrill that comes along with it. Drawing influences from classic outlaw tales, with a deadpan delivery reminiscent of the French New Wave, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Filled with an array of wacky characters, with a cast that includes Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, and a career-best performance from Edward Norton, Wes Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy is everything one could expect from the idiosyncratic writer/director: charming, zany, and injected with just the right amount of angst and melancholy.