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Did he really wait to deflower his teen bride, played by a poorly utilized Florence Pugh, until she was ready to give her consent? Mackenzie wants us to gawp at his lengthy tracking shots and flaming catapult, but the bouquet of loose screw-ups has a way of holding the attention. The resulting uproar destroyed treasured relationships and put him through a great test of faith in line with Christian lore, and director Joshua Marston chooses to relate this with all the dramatic nuance of a Lifetime Original Movie.

Not even a sensitive turn as an AIDS-positive organist from the unerring Lakeith Stanfield can earn this film salvation. The Killer And now for something completely different: a Western by way of Brazil, where a scar-faced killer those excited for a film about Spanish bullfighters are in for a rude awakening plays the cowboy liberating a dusty village from a ruthless capitalist.

Diogo Morgado cuts a commanding figure as our man Shaggy, a couple notches closer to feral than the usual gunslinger. The Warning Spanish filmmaker Daniel Calparsoro could have a long career ahead of him in Hollywood, where they crank out ambitious but imperfect conceptual thrillers like this one by the bushel.

To work off his debt, Gudio joins the shadowy league of collectors and rapidly learns the ropes of a dishonest yet highly seductive profession where all rules have a bit of wiggle room. The painterly photography has been supplanted by the flatness of prestige TV, and the long, pensive gaps in which viewers were once free to appreciate the rustling of tree branches or distant chiming of bells are now filled with meaningless exposition.

Formulaic as his handiwork may be, director Julien Leclerq has his head on straighter than his characters, moving his minute run time at a swift clip with a few Mannly action sequences. A national cinema once limited by censorship and old-fashioned ideas about propriety is now exploring new sexual frontiers, this romantic anthology being a bracingly blunt case in point. Behold, the first onscreen appearance of a vibrator in the history of Indian film!

Four separate stories revolve around women in various states of dissatisfaction — carnal, sure, but more frequently emotional. A lot of the comedy errs on the side of the sophomoric, with one randy set piece taking cues from the risible The Ugly Truth , but what this effort represents still counts for quite a bit.

Imperial Dreams A curious specimen, this film was made and released in two dramatically different worlds. When the picture first premiered at Sundance in , John Boyega was another handsome young Brit with a lot of promise and a stare capable of cutting metal. By the time Netflix unveiled it in , he was an A-lister with a leading role in the biggest blockbuster franchise on the planet. Not an easy sit by any measure, but director Sudabeh Mortezai maximizes the pain to unclear ends, drawing all the dread out from an upsetting rape scene early on until it feels like horror cinema and not in the good way.

The Angel By , tensions along the Egyptian-Israeli border had escalated to powder-keg levels, and a violent engagement was all but imminent. This true-to-life thriller contemplates the answer and settles somewhere between the two in a conflicted character study that resists simple heroism. If only director Ariel Vromen had put a little more oomph in the scenes where things happen and sunk less time into scenes in which people talk about things happening.

What could have been an amoral romp in the vein of American Made lands in a more subdued, inert mode, never quite reveling in its own misdeeds. Solo All right, cards on the table, Netflix. Two days later, this Spanish tribute to real-life perseverance popped up under a nearly identical title.

The retelling of one Irish U. That results in a weird dissonance, where the film works as a discrete whole but fails on a scene-by-scene basis. The ensuing dash to get the sinewy hellion back in his container drably shuffles through its action sequences and has a, shall we say, utilitarian relationship to language. Tallulah Former Orange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder tries her hand behind the camera for this study in contrasts about three women all chafing under the demands of motherhood in their own way.

In the title role, Ellen Page is a street urchin feeling lost after her good-for-nothing boyfriend abandons her, but finds new meaning in life when fate puts a helpless infant in her custody. Well-measured restraint improves the acting across the board, which in turn keeps this film away from the treacly sentiment that occasionally rears its weepy head.

Janney takes it in a walk, naturally. Targarona has a perceptible admiration for Boix and the bravery required to surreptitiously document some of the most heinous crimes against humanity that history has ever seen. Targarona, a veteran of the Spanish film industry, has earned the right to have a little more faith in herself. The Titan Sam Worthington is one of those actors whose blank expression and generically handsome features make him the perfect candidate to portray a robot. See also: Emily Ratajkowski, Jamie Dornan.

Forestalling the inevitable, this sci-fi thought exercise gets near the mark by casting Worthington as something other than human — in this case, the next stage in evolution. The film lacks focus, however, glancing past a number of thoughtful paths in an effort to simultaneously take all of them. Pickpockets Those small-time hoodlums rationalizing theft as a victimless crime often tend to not realize that after long enough, they will become the real victims.

A sense of coiled-spring energy and an emphasis on the fascinating nuts and bolts of ripping strangers off can make a hundred-dollar job feel as exciting as a bank heist, both for us and the purloiners onscreen, who steal for the sheer rush as much as the money. Director Peter Webber is never better than when exalting in the kinetic glory of petty larceny, his camera as weightless and carefree as its subjects, but the need to impose an arc on their lifestyle mucks up the merrymaking. The arrival of an elder mentor in misdemeanors steers the younger leads to betrayal, jealousy, and internal conflict, all of which makes for adequate drama at the price of the poetry-in-motion exhilaration of their earlier cooperation.

Emmet Walsh could be altogether bad. Still, the script arrives at the same inevitable endpoint as any other movie about someone avenging a loved one. You know the old saying — before you embark upon a journey of revenge, dig two graves. The hole acts as a statement bangle for the film, a pop of difference standing out from the sameness. Terron leaves his fellow middle-schoolers in the dust on the basketball court, and before long, a coach Josh Charles from an elite private academy headhunts him for their team.

Koo misses the three, but sinks the layup. The grainy mm. He gives a much better showing than the rest of the movie deserves, the room-temperature casserole of saccharine little-kid antics and uncanny-valley-plumbing CGI elves that it is. The Italian case of Stefano Cucchi, dramatized in this work of righteous outrage by Alessio Cremonini, sounds all too familiar: After getting apprehended by the feared martial peacekeeping force known as the Carabinieri on a minor drug-possession charge and held in custody, the young infrastructure worker was winnowed down to a malnourished husk of himself, beaten, and ultimately killed.

I sincerely wish the best of luck to open-minded viewers making heads or tails of this, but anyone put off by obtuseness may wind up wanting their minutes back. Steel Rain Japanese anxiety over the devastation of the atomic bomb gave us Godzilla, and now the ongoing nuclear tensions between North and South Korea have yielded this jittery, paranoid missile thriller. The Discovery In the vast gulf between conception and execution, we have this down-tempo thought experiment from Charlie McDowell. In a world where Robert Redford has conclusively proven the existence of an idyllic afterlife, the suicide rate has mushroomed.

Jason Segel and Rooney Mara are strangers with a mysterious attraction and conflicting opinions about what to do with this frightening new frontier. Director Anne Fletcher and screenwriter Kristin Hahn placed themselves in an advantageous position by building their adaptation of a YA smash around the music and philosophy of Her Dollyness, an idol to plus-size Willowdean Danielle MacDonald. She wants to teach her negligent mother Jennifer Aniston, bringing it a lesson by winning the beauty pageant that occupies her every waking moment, and the baldly stated moral of body acceptance is all well and good.

The Laws of Thermodynamics Screenwriters are always trying to impose reason on the thorny tangle of contradictions that is love, but Spanish genre tinkerer Mateo Gil does so with more studied rigor. His script proposes that the laws of physics governing the chaotic movement of subatomic particles and the delicate space-time continuum can also be applied to the bonds between people. Gil brings a zingy, Gondry-esque energy to his experiment in bridging the gap between the mind and the soul, but his characters nonetheless possess all the pathos of a textbook word problem.

It starts with mommy dearest Marisa Paredes dying, and her four daughters convening for the first time in a long time. Their late mom informs the adult sisters that the man they know as father did not personally sire them, setting off a search for the five men responsible for their conceptions. The family that divulges hair-curlingly frank erotic specifics together, stays together.

In this daft laugher from across the pond, Julian Barratt plays the washed-up Thorncroft in the present day, as he shills his way through middle-age in humbling commercial spots. He gets a shot at redemption when a homicidal maniac demands the police put him in contact with the real Mindhorn, and much to the displeasure of his real-cop partners, Thorncroft gets back into character. Barry Barack Obama is the coolest commander-in-chief to have ever graced the Oval Office — this is fact. Remember back when those were qualities the president had?

A Kickstarter campaign to drum up a budget outlined a daring plan to shoot guerrilla-style inside of real moments as they unfold: a bustling EDM music festival, protests and riots in the wake of the Parisian terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan. This two-hander drama is situated at the inevitable point where sickness bleeds over into the more meaningfully personal — friends, romantic relationships, family. Over the course of one evening, grueling even at a brief 71 minutes, she goes from tough-love counselor to enabler as she helps Seth score to keep him from dying of withdrawal.

Both Jacobson and Franco are up to the task, never coming off as tourists in the genre like so many comedic actors stretching their range, and the ending is a lot darker than they play it. All the more frustrating, then, that the script would hamstring their work with such missteps as easy symbolism, voice-over overload, and crucial lines that ring false.

Bespectacled young C. Virtuous intent can only get a film so far, however, and the hoary kinks in the plot along with feigned naturalism of the patter between the kids stop the film dead in its tracks. Anyone over the age of 60 will most likely be charmed by this softly told romance between seniors-who-still-got-it Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, but everyone can share in the warmth this sweet-natured, if mild, film radiates.

Adult children Judy Greer and Matthias Schoenaerts bring trouble into their geriatric Eden, but the prevailing tone is that of comfort. Even so, he still needs to formulate a sense of artistic self in terms of both originality and control before he can join the ranks of the proud troublemakers he so clearly idolizes. The Package For a movie about a kid who cuts his own dick off while drinking and camping, it could be a lot worse! Not a high bar to clear, admittedly, but Geraldine Viswanathan makes it look easy.

Brassy and quick with a cutting aside, the Blockers scene-stealer acts circles around the rest of the cast particularly lead Daniel Doheny, as forgettably handsome here as in Alex Strangelove as they go on a mad dash through the woods to return the recovered member to its owner after their pal gets airlifted to the nearest hospital. The movie formerly known as Eggplant Emoji does a bang-up job of stretching this thin premise to feature length, throwing obstacles at the characters and mining laughs from the solutions they have to gin up on the fly. In the future metropolis of Grainland creators Kevin R.

Her mom Molly Constance Wu spends all her time fiddling with the family bots, leading Mai Su to wander off on an adventure where she becomes acquainted with a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art model labeled Her assignment to have him eliminate his mechanical brethren is only the first unexpected move in a series of zags-over-zigs, culminating in poignant scenes featuring the inspired concept of artificial amnesia. Step Sisters The Bring It On series, the clear antecedent to this dance flick which is, mercifully, far superior to Dance Flick , kept considerations of class and race in the mix through its many installments.

Note: A supporting performance from Matt McGorry as a semi-self-aware, even more intolerable version of his already intolerable self instantly validates the casting. He gives us someone to cheer for in Nirma Mithila Palkar , a motivational-tape-listening eager beaver out to get hers. She wants more for herself than lying to Chinese tourist groups about taking them through Slumdog Millionaire shooting locations — Danny Boyle gets dissed in one of the pointier wisecracks — and gets a new lease on life after a conman absconds with her car.

Calibre The forbidding Scottish highlands provide a spooky backdrop for a back-to-basics horror movie — of sorts. A pair of lads working the classic yin and yang of manliness one rips lines of coke and chases skirt, the other is a dutiful husband to a pregnant wife go out for a hunting holiday in the untamed U.

Shame runs both men through a wringer of remorse, accentuated by the disconnect between their city manners and the decency of their country-folk hosts. In the opening moments, a scientist wakes up beside his ex-lover. Masked men storm into their room a moment later, drag them into the basement, demand a huge payoff, and kill our man when he tries to escape. He then reawakens and begins the cycle anew, setting off a twisty logic puzzle tricked out with killer robots, glowing insignia tattoos, and a perpetual-motion machine capable of resetting time.

But only within highly specific parameters. It is a Groundhog Day — Primer bastardization full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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It has its fun with the sound and fury, though. Alex Strangelove The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson summons the ghost of John Hughes for this sweet if anodyne lark about a high-schooler grappling with big questions about his sexual identity. Everyone ends up right where they belong, a millennial happily-ever-after of free tolerance and self-discovery without torment. Whether a viewer finds this a pleasing change of pace from a queer cinema steeped in the tragic or an overly slight sanitizing of an emotionally intense process will be a matter of personal preference.

Bean Boyfriend. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle To employ an age-old critical parlance: a lot going on here. But somewhere in post-production, Serkis must have clicked the wrong buttons, because all of the animals have the disquietingly humanoid faces of an anthropomorphized furry. But because this critic had zero outside knowledge going in, he was largely pleased to find an off-the-wall pre-viz extravaganza of inspired computerized nonsense. Brace for hijinks! Triple Frontier Alas, J. Chandor showed such promise. A crack team of veterans — a lineup of heavyweights including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garett Hedlund, Charlie Hunnam, and Pedro Pascal — set a course for South America to nab a fortune in dirty money from a drug lord.

Some convenient dovetail-shaped plotting and pushy hot-pursuit sequences only partially obstruct a document of hardship largely unknown in the States. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau mounts a convincing argument for himself as a bona fide movie star with his turn as former corrupt policeman Joe Denton, struggling to stay on the straight and narrow while reentering society following a prison stint.

But where those films were well served by simple, leaner scripts, this one spirals out in its many knots of plot. Odenkirk skillfully navigates through an obstacle course of genres and tones, as his Garden State —ish melancholia mercifully gives way to a noir-inflected mystery that links skinheads, Stacy Keach, a ring of jailhouse murders, and a newly contrived holiday with suitable ridiculousness. Like so many other musical-genius biopics, the story of singer Rodrigo Rodrigo Romero takes us through an early period of finding himself, the fast track to FM radio, a giddy plunge into vice, and a premature death.

The good news is that the rest of it is smart enough that we can fairly expect more. So when a train all but rolls up and begs to be plundered, what are Deirdra and Laney supposed to do? It is, first and foremost, an empathetic film. By now, Adams would be slated for a Marvel movie in and an Oscar nomination by But even though she took the gig in part as a free vacation, both Bell and Grammer refrain from phoning it in, spitting some real vitriol in the screaming matches that punctuate interludes of flatteringly photographed island leisure. The mythos has never been so dense, and while that may come at the expense of palatability for the general public making these releases into hits on American soil, those fluent in this particular dialect of technobabble will be in heaven.

The Polka King In , a Polish immigrant by the name of Jan Lewan was arrested for masterminding a Ponzi scheme with receipts that ran into the millions. The bizarre account of his road to that moment lays a strong foundation for this zippy comedy about a lunge at the American dream that ends in a belly flop. Jack Black sinks his incisors into the role of the perpetually upbeat Lewan as an opportunity to do what he does best — namely, a funny voice and rock star-lite strutting during the whirlwind polka numbers.

The boxing great fled his home of Mexico after a punch left his opponent down for much more than the count; stunned by his own capacity to do harm, he resolved to live a monastic life of humble pacifism among the Finns. His reluctant emergence from retirement fails to land a blow, but the film takes on a second life as a close examination of emigration and assimilation. Kim signals plans for so much while seeing so little of it through to completion, wantonly picking up subplots and casting them aside before anything can be done with them.

Maktub A brush with death has a way of putting the zap on a guy. Partners-in-crime Chuma and Steve Israeli comedy duo Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon resolve to change their gangster ways after pure coincidence leaves them the sole survivors of a terrorist attack at a restaurant, but getting out of the game is never that simple.

Their associates, naturally, have other notions. Amir and Savyon get away with their dicier hot-button writing on merit of their well-honed rapport, keeping everyone too busy laughing to tell whether or not the film is blithely problematic. Rajma Chawal Widower Raj the great Hindi cinema idol Rishi Kapoor wants to reconnect to his closed-off son Kabir Anirudh Tanwar , so he does the only rational thing and catfishes the fruit of his loins.

Director Leena Yadav has no shortage of rather conventional complications up her sleeve, as the woman Amyra Dastur whose selfie Raj used for his faux -profile shows up and the truth inexorably comes out. Call it the Yadav touch. Manhunt John Woo, he of the doves and indoor sunglasses and brain-melting gun fu spectaculars, came to Netflix to peddle his latest bullet-strewn dance of death. He brings his usual hyperkinetic style to the pursuit between a fugitive and the monomaniacally driven man on his trail, the action sequences as likely to inspire whiplash as the wild, out-of-nowhere vacillations to comedy and romance.

Sometimes even with parental consent! Updating Clueless for the age of normalized vaping, the girls handle the hurdles of boys, parental units, and their inevitable separation with a distinctly modern candor. On a few different occasions, this film actually puts the horniness-money of Blockers where its mouth is. A Futile and Stupid Gesture Having already turned the tired tropes of the summer camp flick and the rom-com inside out, it looked like virtuoso parodist David Wain was set to lay waste to the biopic with his treatment of the life and times of National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney Will Forte.

Forte plays Kenney as a figure of self-destructive tragedy and Domhnall Gleeson provides the superego to his id as co-founder Henry Beard, but the script forces both men to be stock figures in a hidebound rise-and-fall routine. The butcher whose shop sets the scene for one particularly excruciating mano-a-mano would describe this as 80 percent lean and 20 percent fat, almost all good stuff — to the point of getting stultifying.

The film rushes through some tossed-off horse pucky about Triad gangs and an innocent little girl caught in their crossfire, but so quickly and carelessly that the punches eventually lose all meaning, like a physical version of semantic satiation. For those who see the onscreen lancing of guts as a challenge in the same way that leather-mouthed mavericks take on punishing hot sauces, this poses a demanding test of endurance.

Lady J Americans love to watch the frocks-and-petticoats set behaving badly, so the same costume-drama fetishists that made The Favourite an unlikely hit may flock to this salacious retelling of an 18th-century French novel from Denis Diderot. Eager to get back at him, Pommeraye enlists the help of a bewitching brothel worker Alice Isaaz to give the Marquis a taste of his own sour medicine, remaking her as the well-bred Lady J.

Rarely has sin been so delicious. Our hero is the all-powerful Pastor Park Lee Jung-jae , a specialist known for detecting and disbanding pseudo-Buddhist orders fronting for more odious enterprises. It all congeals into a thick, sludgy, and yet commendably out-there oddity. Director Zak Hilditch puts the text he has through its paces, but a viewer still walks away with that haute cuisine dissatisfaction: It was great and everything, but such small portions!

Paddleton Alex Lehmann has managed the impossible, and found a new variant to the fatalist romance of The Fault in Our Stars. The men may not smooch or anything, but because the kindred loners only feel fully understood by one another, they need each other as desperately as any husband needs their wife. Though he only wrote the script, some of the Duplassian glibness endemic to his directorial projects seeps through.

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter From psycho mall cops to deluded martial arts instructors, director Jody Hill has an unending fascination with men imprisoned by their own fragile masculinity. Hill fans may be disappointed to find that his latest feature lacks the maniacal edge of Observe and Report and his small-screen work, but neophytes may appreciate the down-the-middle palatability in the father-son bond.

He played in this dramatization by Antonio de la Torre and eight other guerrillas known as the Tupamaros lived for over a decade in abject captivity, holding fast to their tenets even as they were used as bargaining chips in the conflict raging outside. You know, like Paradox. In the memoir of William Kamkwamba, a resourceful Malawian boy who saved his drought-stricken village with a water pump of his own amateur engineering, he found a worthy story and underlying cause.

Gun City The title refers to Barcelona during the s, a period of social turbulence on several fronts: women had just put their foot down in a more organized capacity in their fight for rights, an overdrawn working class drifted toward the anarchist movement combatting the industrial fatcats, the military junta would soon drop pretenses and pledge allegiance to fascism, and civil war was on the horizon. Dani de la Torre spreads his Spanish-language crime epic across this Catalonian fracas, with veteran turned cop Uriarte Luis Tosar on one side and corrupt officials, mercenaries, gangsters, and ill-tempered pornographers on the other.

The reported budget of 5 million euros shows in the production design that dwarfs the opulence of your average prestige streaming series. A broken-down Ben Mendelsohn slips into the role of Anders Hill, a man taking a shot at reinvention. But Nnaji stays mindful of the social currents and customs specific to her home, and uses them to construct an identity all her own, both as a sui generis filmmaker — her humor is ebullient, but grounded — and as a representative of her national cinema on the world stage.

Accomplishing a good deal with very little — keep your buckets of blood, monsters, and jump scares, thanks — Perkins conjures fear from thin air. Distinguished surgeon Jaime Jose Coronado, a more tacit, brutal stand-in for Liam Neeson loses it when his son Marcos Pol Monen gets beaten to smithereens outside a club, and vows to bring the hurt to those behind the attack.

Who could watch the slow, pitiless death of a police horse and not feel its pain? There must have been 50 ways to go awry when adapting this popular manga series for a feature film; losing basic coherence while condensing ten volumes of writing into a minute package, sacrificing the essence of the art by making kinetic what was once stationary, hiring annoying voice actors. Director Hiroyuki Seshita does the Charleston around these many pitfalls, safely emerging on the other side with a beautiful dark twisted cyberpunk fantasy.

Skittering android-spider abominations and hyperspeed gun-toting rebels populate this desolate post-industrial hellscape, where a band of rebels must beat back the advance of an approaching death-bot storytelling often takes a way back seat to immersive set dressing with a mix of futuristic weaponry and courage. A bit typical in its band-of-heroes narrative, but never in the stylistic means employed to tell it.

Us and Them The chunyun period refers to the days of unusually high-density travel in China surrounding the Lunar New Year, where circumstances squeeze strangers up against one another in quarters too close for comfort. Not quite the case for Jianqing and Xiaoxiao Jing Boran and Zhou Dongyu, respectively , who hit it off during this mad dash and begin a decade-long love affair. This soapy drama retells the story of their relationship through a series of flashbacks interwoven with visions of their joyless post-breakup present, riding the ecstatic highs of infatuation and the bleak lows of a drag-down fight.

While the dialogue used to express this trajectory often leans to the trite, the outsized extremes of feeling — full-body sobs, declarations of undying devotion — shine through undeterred. His first and best was tapping macho man Frank Grillo for the lead, a getaway driver taken hostage via phone and forced to run a series of increasingly hazardous jobs during one unending night. Our man Seok-heon Ryu Seung-ryong is more of a Paul Blart than a Bruce Wayne, lacking in playboy billionaire status, a rippling physique, and even a sound moral code.

Not everything has to be the end of the universe. Mascots Ten years after his last foray into long-form mockumentary, Christopher Guest returns to his wheelhouse with another inspection of a peculiar subculture as likely to induce squirms of discomfort as laughter.

He and a colorful coterie of artists, buyers, and curators Toni Collette in a chopped wig, John Malkovich as an embittered Jeff Koons avatar, Daveed Diggs as the nouveau-Basquiat taking his place duel via posturing and bons mots full of hot air in what should be a hoot. Perhaps Morf himself would find it ever so droll that a movie about people obsessed with exteriors has little going on beneath the outermost shell. Following the examples of Edgar Wright and the Wachowski sisters, Sato has synthesized everything fun about manga, Western superhero comics, and video games into one gratuitous-in-the-best-way package.

Time Share The gnarled heart of capitalism beats somewhere inside the timeshares-for-sale industry, a tarnished business that simultaneously strips the self-respect from both the pitchman and the customer.


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The CGI flamingo, former Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte as the knowingly generic face of Everfields, the potato sack race that triggers a complete existential vortex of hopelessness — it all fits right in with a shiny twilight zone of prefab relaxation. Layla M. From the Netherlands comes this politically minded character piece about a young woman Nora El Koussour chafing under Islamophobia while living among the Dutch, and how that tension drives her to radical extremes.

Lending her fellow woman an empathetic ear, director Mijke de Jong organically contrasts these two strains of oppression to expose the difficulty that women of color have in finding a place of their own wedged between white and male violence. That the film passes with only a handful of words spoken aloud reinforces this elemental mood. He decides to take a wife to assuage some of the self-imposed loneliness, though the union they form more closely resembles animalistic pack mentality than matrimony.

While not the most instantly pleasurable sit, this modern silent film succeeds where The Light Between Oceans most recently failed, linking the birth of a family unit to something deeper and older than its composite members. Macon Blair works from a decidedly Coen-esque template in his directorial debut, but invests enough of his own idiosyncrasies into the story of two oddballs a fed-up Melanie Lynskey and slightly unhinged, nunchuck-brandishing Elijah Wood on the ineptly charted warpath for this to feel like a beast all its own.

But when he handcuffs her to the bed and promptly dies of a heart attack, she has to draw on all her ingenuity and confront some personal demons to take one last grasp at life. The Hours comparison is hard not to make, though Stephen King wrote the novel on which this is based long beforehand.

Maybe Hollywood was waiting for two actors as game as Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, put through their paces and then some in a hallucinatory night of the soul that dislodges some dark repressed memories and reorients their present. At least for performers, this all-in two-hander is worthy of study like Scripture. Cargo Directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke have done their zombie homework, drawing smartly from a long cinematic heritage while introducing a sufficient number of new innovations to distinguish themselves from their flesh-hungry forebears.

A Land Imagined In the defining image of this Singaporean mystery, liquid cement courses like a mighty river through yards of industrial chuting. Sand Storm Hormones a-raging, a girl crushes hard on a boy and they strike up a secret relationship away from the disapproving eye of her traditionalist father. That San Lian must sign off on the document before Jay receives one thin Taiwanese dime is the catch on which this medley of mixed-up feelings hinges.

In the lacuna between what we know we should feel and what we actually feel, directors Hsu Mag and Hsu Chih-yen find a great big reason-impervious mess. Their smartest move? Refraining from imposing order. Before I Wake Images lodge themselves in our memories during the tender developmental years, twisting and warping and growing in size to ghastly proportions as they lurk in the subconscious. This bedtime-story chiller from Mike Flanagan demonstrates a deeper understanding of this concept than most horror films fishing in the shallow waters of pop-psych.

A well-meaning couple Tom Jane and Kate Bosworth take in an adorable 8-year-old foster son Jacob Tremblay after their child drowns in the bathtub. He plays a touchy professor whose marriage gets a shot in the arm when a literary celebrity Andrew Buckland, exuding a lust for life comes to town and riles everything — and everyone — up. Bourgeois pretension and middle-aged fretting over virility follows as Lediga picks apart a man torn between his solidarity with a people in poverty and the comfortable existence of an academic. While not all that quotable, the one-liners still work as the mortar holding this grown-up movie about grown-ups together.

Reubens tosses in more winks to the kitsch-heads than ever, peaking with an interlude in which Pee-Wee crosses paths with a girl gang right out of Faster, Pussycat! A pair of slacker actors both named Thomas Thomas Blanchard and Thomas Scimeca make a trek to the icy expanses of the Inuit village Kullorsuaq, where the indigenous residents welcome them with open arms.

Instead of treating the hospitality as an invitation to get their Eat Pray Love on, Thomas and Thomas have the presence of mind to shut up and do more listening than talking. The Breaker Upperers Do you want out of your relationship? Are you hesitant to cause pain to someone you still are about? Alternately, is your fundamental cowardice preventing you from having the difficult conversation? Discord arises when Mel starts thinking a little too hard about the ethical grey area between the two aforementioned rationales, while Jen remains fully focused on their work and the total lack of attachment it requires.

A rare never-been done concept, along with a comfort between the two leads that only comes from years of close comic collaboration, instill the same revelatory glow that emanated from fellow New Zealand export What We Do in the Shadows. And look at that — executive produced by Taika Waititi. Beasts of No Nation Netflix started strong with their first release, a muscular and intense coming-of-age narrative that doubles as a uniquely brutal war film.

Though Idris Elba was the presumed award horse for his layered turn as an African warlord snubbed by the Oscars in the year that precipitated the OscarsSoWhite pushback , newcomer Abraham Attah racked up the most hardware for his harrowing lead performance. Films like this were supposed to be the norm — instead, they ended up the glaring exception. Otherwise, Osborne plays it smart if a bit safe and sticks with the source material, relaying all the pocket profundities about compassion for our fellow homo sapiens and the unstoppable passage of time.

Danny and Elle Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten, the latter the clear standout first cross paths as accomplices on a cut-and-dried bag-drop-off job with a big payout. Wealthy, content Anabel Susi Sanchez starts to fall through the cracks in her seemingly ideal life when Chiara Barbara Lennie appears during a dinner party and claims to be the daughter she abandoned at the ripe age of eight. In true Lonely Island fashion, they begin this series of music videos relatively on-message and spiral out with off-the-rocker comic tangents.

May the entertainment industry continue to bankroll whatever minutiae-obsessed pet project these guys come up with next. They follow strange and inexplicable patterns, gathering and obsessively placing household objects in towering stacks that they then worship when not gnawing the flesh off of shinbones. Filmmaker Robin Aubert has stated that he conceived their behavior and spread as an allegory for the stormy political climate of rural French-Canada, defined by cultural vacuity and separatist dissent.

As a Canadian New Wave gains momentum, Aubert does right by his countrymen with an auto-critical polemic that succeeds on the terms of its sensationalist genre as well. She shows admirable self-awareness in her treatment of these shattering events, refusing to shy away from the most grueling details while steering clear of exploitation. It soldiers on, survives, and leaves us the pain. The Perfection The title comes as something of a misnomer for a movie that so emphatically lives within its own flaws, of reason and character logistics and exploitation politics.

Things start off in a Hitchcockian key, with Allison Williams serving crazy-white-lady eyes as a semi-retired concert cellist looking to end her hiatus by removing her younger rival Logan Browning. Mudbound Behold, the rare example of the film industry functioning properly as a meritocracy. Replicating the narrative structure of the source text, Rees freely drifts between voice-overs from six different characters.

The story spans years and traffics in huge swells of emotion that never spill over into melodrama, not to mention the stunning visual set pieces in the World War II passages. The sizable ensemble interlocks perfectly, with special considerations to Mary J. Blige as a long-suffering matriarch and Garrett Hedlund as a shell-shocked veteran, but Rees is the real star of the show.

This is the coronation of a vital new voice in American filmmaking. Apostle This turn-of-the-century period piece from Gareth Evans, that maestro of martial arts mayhem, spends about an hour on dialed-back cult horror in the same sect as the fanatics from The Wicker Man. Then, as soon as he can sense the audience getting nice and comfy in this particular subgenre, Evans pops open a trap door and sends the viewer tumbling down a chute that spits them out in hostile, exotic territory. Several skin-shredding set pieces later, much has been divulged and little clarified, with Thomas launched into a torrent of torture and mysticism that bewilders as frequently as it dazzles.

Evans charges a high price of admission to his plane of untethered lunacy, but intrepid viewers simpatico to his bloody maximalism will attain enlightenment. On Body and Soul At a dreary workplace, an office crush can get you through the day. At night, they meet in dreams as a buck and a deer, neither fully aware of what this surreal communion means.

Set It Up Could it be true? The most generously enjoyable romcom of the past decade is hiding on Netflix? This adaptation of an acclaimed Israeli film does the opposite, submitting a character who defiantly resists change and instead altering how the audience sees her. Continuously readjusting assumptions about Lisa can spur introspection in the viewer, and correspondingly readjust our assumptions about white saviors, imperiled kids and self-interest vs. The world is an oyster to Peter Sidenius Esben Smed Jensen , an engineer with big plans to install electricity nationwide, but his love for the Jewish beauty Jakobe Katrine Greis-Rosenthal threatens to unlace both his work and his social standing, leading to a life-spanning affair with a fittingly unhappy ending.

This is classicist filmmaking at its modern best, a work that aspires to nothing less than greatness on a platform content with the passable. Divines French-Moroccan first-timer Houda Benyamina only needed to scale her family tree to find a magnetic leading actress, tapping younger sister Oulaya Amamra for the reckless, hungry hooligan Dounia. Shirkers Singapore, with the help of her friends and her filmmaking teacher Georges Cardona, a young troublemaker named Sandi Tan completes a feature that she titles Shirkers.

This Shirkers is the story of that Shirkers , the only print of which was stolen by Cardona and not to be seen again for twenty years. Tan used the recovered footage to create an expressionistic making-of documentary that simultaneously succeeds in so many separate and yet interrelated pursuits. In this instance, he puts his eye to good use on a crime comedy in which knowing glorification of the Scarface lifestyle alluded to by the title is very much the point.

After a lifetime of getting underestimated and ignored by his esteemed sculptor dad Dustin Hoffman , Sandler and half-siblings portrayed by Elizabeth Marvel an office drone for Xerox and Ben Stiller a successful business manager out in L. They laugh and fight and eke out a grain of self-actualization by the end credits, survivors of an oppressive household regime built on passive-aggression and guilt.

The social and psychological costs of her effort to engineer a late-in-life new beginning, however, total out to a much higher sum. Manana communicates with her husband and children on the specialized, nonverbal frequency that families develop over time, and with a little distance, she realizes that they all wrestle with their own struggles. Happy as Lazzaro In Spanish class, we learned about Lazarillo de Tormes, a quick-witted peasant of picaresco literature who was always tripping into some allegorically significant mischief. That mellow positivity is defining trait of the wan Lazzaro Adriano Tardiolo , getting him through a hopeless sharecropping grind that falls away around a pivotal midpoint.

In a time outside of time, in a place made ethereal through grainy 16mm photography, Lazzaro glides past injustice and atrocity with a serenity we would all do well to emulate. Private Life Tamara Jenkins does all that she does perceptively. Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn have accordingly classified Richard and Rachel as a precise species of overeducated metropolitan intelligentsia, wry literate types unable to ignore all the bleak humor of their Sisyphean struggle to conceive.

I remember I was having a pasta dish at 5 time. A beautiful girl came up to me and said, 'I was 6 if you wanted to walk with me in the park? I was 8 to go with her when I noticed a tough-looking man was watching our every movement. Well, my bill 10 ages to arrive, and by the time I 11 to the park, there was no sign of the girl.

I asked an old lady 12 was sitting there if she 13 seen a young girl waiting around. I described the girl to her. The old lady said that the girl 14 had to rush to the railway station, and that I 15 to follow her there urgently. She had also left me a note. It said, 'I will explain everything. Meet me on platform 6. When 1 phone Helen last night she wash her hair.

Peter offer me another drink but I decided I had enough. Nobody watch , so the little boy take the packet of sweets from the shelf and put it in his pocket. Wherever Marion find a job, there was someone who know that she go to prison. Several years later I find out that during all the time I write to my pen friend, my mother open and reading the replies!

Several people shout at me, and one passer-by wave a newspaper in front of my face. I know I do well in my exams even before I receive the official results. Present perfect simple refers to: Recent events, without a definite time given. The recentness may be indicated by just. We've missed the turning. I've just seen a ghost! Indefinite events, which happened at an unknown time in the past.

No definite time is given. Jim has had three car accidents, up to the present Indefinite events which may have an obvious result in the present. I've twisted my ankle, that's why I'm limping With state verbs, a state which lasts up to the present. I've lived here for the past ten years. A habitual action in a period of time up to the present. I've been jogging every morning for the last month. Contrast with past simple Past simple is used with time expressions which refer to definite times.

The time may be stated or understood. Compare: I've bought a new car. This in turn may depend on whether the speaker feels distant in time or place from the event. I've left my wallet in the car. I'm going back to get it. Here the speaker may be about to return, and feels that the event is connected with the present. The speaker may feel separated in time from the event, or be further away. Present perfect continuous progressive can refer to a range of meanings, depending on the time expression used and the context.

A state which lasts up to the present moment I've been waiting for you for three hours! An incomplete activity I've been cleaning the house but I still haven't finished. To emphasise duration I've been writing letters all morning. A recently finished activity I've been running. That's why I look hot. A repeated activity I've been taking French lessons this year. Contrasts with present perfect simple There may be little contrast when some state verbs are used. How long have you lived here? How long have you been living here? Some verbs especially sit, lie, wait and stay prefer the continuous form.

There may be a contrast between completion and incompletion, especially if the number of items completed is mentioned. Completed: emphasis on achievement I've ironed five shirts this morning. Incomplete, or recently completed: emphasis on duration I've been ironing my shirts this morning. Meaning with present perfect verb forms is associated with certain time expressions. Contrast with past simple may depend on the choice of time expression.

Past simple: referring to a specific finished time. I saw Jim recently. Others include: for, never, before, all my life, for a long time, today, all day, every day These may be used with either past simple or present perfect. Decide how many different endings you can find for sentences a-j. The sentences you make must be appropriate and meaningful. I haven't been feeling very well I went to the dentist's I've lived here Don't worry. I haven't been waiting I've written two pages I waited outside your house I've warned you about this I haven't made a decision The repair worked I've decided to believe you.

She leave too late to catch the bus. Here is the news. The Home Office announce that the two prisoners who escape from Dartmoor prison earlier this morning give themselves up to local police. I try to get through to Glasgow for the past hour. Bill get that new job, but he complain about it ever since. Ever since then, I It's so polluted and expensive, and the people are so distant. You see, I I think I'm not alone in my aversion to the big city.

According to a programme I Oh well, it's too late to change my mind now, because the job is up and running, and I But I must admit, over the past few days, I Reporter Philip Taggart visits a farm where the sheep are super fit! Farmers, as you may This 4 involve not only planting new kinds of crops, but also some strange ways of making money, the most unusual of which has got to be sheep racing. Yes, you 5 hear me correctly! A farmer in the west of England now 6 hold sheep races on a regular basis, and during the past year over , people 7 turn up to watch the proceedings.

But nobody 12 hear anything about these sheep! Most people 13 find it difficult to tell one from another in any case. In a typical race, half a dozen sheep 16 race downhill over a course of about half a mile. Food 17 wait for them at the other end of the track, I ought to add! In most lines of this text there is one extra word. Our reporter, Sarah Hardie, goes to Otley Hall to experience a spooky weekend. There have been signs of paranormal activity at Otley Hall at various times.

The doctor will be with you. B: What do you mean? Provided of course that the people you Although the King of Rock and Roll Jean The first time I But two years ago I Chris and I Like Las Vegas for example. When you Ever since I As soon as I You'll get them by Friday. By the time you If it's incorrect rewrite the phrase. I wonder if you could give him a message from Sally Gordon?

We would rent a small boat and go fishing every day. I've been hoping I'd see you. I've got some good news! It was constantly chasing the cats next door Every day we were exploring the city, and in the evening we were going to exciting bars It was growing darker and colder, and there was still no sign of the rescue helicopter All we have to do is wait here until someone will find us.

Are you quite sure it was fresh? Agent and instrument The person who performs an action in a passive sentence is called the agent, introduced by by. The agent may or may not be mentioned. My purse was found by one of the cleaners. A new road has been built.

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An object which causes something to happen is called an instrument, introduced by with. He was hit on the head with a hammer. Verbs with two objects Verbs which have two objects can be made passive in two ways. A note was handed to me. Other common verbs of this type are: bring, give, lend, pass, pay, promise, sell, send, show, tell Verbs with object and complement Some verbs have a noun or adjective which describes their object. We elected Jim class representative. Everyone considered him a failure. When these are made passive, the complement goes directly after the verb.

Jim was elected class representative. He was considered a failure. Verbs which can't be passive Most verbs with an object transitive verbs can be made passive: e. However, a few transitive verbs may not be used in the passive. These include: become, fit be the right size , get, have, lack, let, like, resemble, suit. Verbs with no object intransitive can not be passive: e. Therefore it is not possible to say The tree was fallen'.

Instead the sentence must be active: The tree fell. Change of focus The passive can change the emphasis of a sentence. Jack won the prize, focus on Jack The prize was won by Jack, focus on the prize. Unknown agent The agent is not mentioned if unknown. My wallet has been taken. In this case, there is no point in adding an agent: 'by somebody'. Generalised agent If the subject is 'people in general' or 'you' the agent is not mentioned.

Bicycles are widely used in the city instead of public transport. Obvious agent If the agent is obvious or has already been referred to, it is not mentioned. Linda has been arrested! Unimportant agent If the agent is not important to the meaning of the sentence it is not mentioned. Impersonality Using the passive is a way of avoiding the naming of a specific person who is responsible for an action.

In descriptions of processes, there is emphasis on the actions performed rather than on the people who perform them. Then the packets are packed into boxes of twenty-four. The huge stadium by the crowd. Since the computer the work of accountants simplified. It that the shop should close. Your drinks in a moment. This window a knife. After your complaint , you will hear from us. Their engagement in the local paper. Nothing David again. The new ship launch next week. We had to go on holiday because our house decorate.

I'm afraid that next week's meeting cancel. If we don't hurry, all the tickets sell by the time we get there. All main courses serve with vegetables or salad. At least that is what is written on the menu. The second goal score by Hughes in the 41st minute, The cathedral build in the fourteenth century. The new Alhambra hatchback, which in this country sell under the name 'Challenger', fit with electric windows as standard. For the past few days I work in Jack's office, as my own office redecorate. A major new deposit of oil discover in the North Sea. It think to be nearly twice the size of the largest existing field.

Pictures of the surface of the planet Venus receive yesterday from the space probe 'Explorer' which launch last year. Rewrite each sentence in a more formal style so that it contains a passive form of the word given in capitals. Dear Mrs Patel, We are delighted to inform you that you 1 select for a free holiday. According to our information, you 2. You 8. If you 9 attending and taking up this offer, please 10 detach the slip below and return it to us as soon as possible. Using the notes as a guide, complete the e-mail to all company staff.

Put the verbs in brackets into a suitable passive verb form. Tell staff: We'll try flexi-time for 3 months. After 3 months we'll get the opinions of all staff. We'll look at feedback comments and make a decision. We may try it for another month. All workers will have to arrive We hope you like the idea! After this period 2 elapse all members of staff 3 consult through their line manager, and feedback 4 Comments 5 decision 6 7 trial period 8 employees 9. Alternatively, the extend for a further month. All require to arrive between the hours. It 10 arrangement meets with your enthusiastic approval!

It can also describe something unfortunate that happens to someone. Get is more likely to be used than have when: i there is a feeling that something must be done. Get your hair cut! Note that get should not be used in the present perfect passive, where it would be confused with have got. Your hair needs cutting.

Passive get. Get can be used instead of be to form the passive in spoken language. Martin got arrested at a football match. Present reference With verbs such as believe, know, say, think, which report people's opinions, a passive construction is often used to avoid a weak subject, and to give a generalised opinion.

With present reference, the passive is followed by the present infinitive. The criminal is thought to be in hiding in the London area. Vitamin C is known to be good for treating colds. Smith is believed to have left England last week. People thought Sue had paid too much. Sue was thought to have paid too much. The police thought that the thief was still in the house.

The thief was thought to still be in the house. Everyone knows the portrait was painted by an Italian. The portrait is known to have been painted by an Italian. Mary is thought to be living in Scotland. The driver is thought to have been doing a U-turn. Verbs with prepositions. Somebody broke into our house. Our house was broken into. The train was packed with commuters. My boss made me work hard. I was made to work hard by my boss. Cover can also be followed by in.

The furniture was covered in dust. The living room had been decorated with flowery wallpaper. It is common in descriptions of processes, and in scientific and technical language in general. What do you think? I've just cut my hair at the hairdresser's. We are painting our house at the moment. I'm having two teeth taken out tomorrow. We were made to tidy up by the teacher. Joy-riders are thought to have stolen the car. I'll ask someone to wrap this for you. Just a minute. I'll have to wrap this up for you. We haven't had the car serviced for a long time. We're putting in a new water-heater next week.

Would you consider having your nose altered by plastic surgery? We had checked the wiring with a qualified electrician. The tree had been decorated coloured balls. The answers have been included the book.


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After the rugby match, Jim's shorts were covered mud. The victim was struck from behind a heavy object. The house was built money that David borrowed from the bank. The cat narrowly escaped being run over a car. When the accident happened, Sue was struck flying glass. The turkey was stuffed chestnuts, and was very tasty. No one knew that Peter had been involved the investigation. When I left the casino, my pockets were crammed money. A plane carrying 15 members of the government to a conference in Brussels a small-scale fire earlier this morning.

The 1 plane 2 about 20 minutes into its journey when the fire occurred in the luggage area. It 3 how the plane caught fire, but initial eyewitness accounts confirm that a trail of smoke 4 coming from the under-carriage. The fire 5 rapidly under control, but the pilot 6 make an emergency landing.

Five people 7 treated for shock. The plane 8 with business people flying to Belgium. All passengers 9 stay behind for questioning after landing at a military airport in northern France. Police 10 treating the incident as suspicious. Nobody knows exactly when someone invented gunpowder. People know for a fact that the Chinese made rockets and fireworks long before people used gunpowder in Europe, which occurred at about the beginning of the thirteenth century.

We generally believe that gunpowder brought to an end the 'Age of Chivalry', since anyone with a firearm could bring down a mounted knight. In fact, people did not develop efficient firearms until the sixteenth century. They used gunpowder mainly in siege cannon when people first introduced it. Later they used it in engineering work and in mining, but they found that it was extremely dangerous. Modern explosives have now replaced gunpowder, but we still use it for making fireworks, just as the Chinese did.

If it was snowing, we stayed at home. If you keep driving like that, you're going to have an accident. If you see Mark, tell him I'll ring him tomorrow. If I knew the answer, I'd tell you. If I was having a party, I wouldn't invite Marcia. The verb be usually takes the form were for all persons in these sentences, though was is used in everyday speech. Note that in the first person it is possible to use should instead of would. If I left home, I think I should be lonely.

If I had known you were coming, I would have met you at the station. If you come early, we can discuss the problem together. Hypothetical situations If I had the money, I could help you. Hypothetical past situations If you hadn't reminded me, I might have forgotten. If only This adds emphasis to hypothetical situations. With past events it adds a sense of regret. The second part of the sentence is often left out.

If only I had enough time! If only I hadn't drunk too much, this wouldn't have happened! I'll go ahead and get the tickets unless you call me this afternoon. This means if you call me this afternoon, I won't get the tickets. See Grammar 13 for only if. I'll do what you say provided the police are not informed. Even if describes how something will happen whatever the condition. Even if it rains, we'll still go for a picnic. Should After if, this makes the possibility of an event seem unlikely. If you should see Ann, could you ask her to call me? This implies that I do not expect you to see Ann.

Were to This also makes an event seem more hypothetical. If I were to ask you to marry me, what would you say? Happen to This emphasises chance possibilities. It is often used with should. If you happen to see Helen, could you ask her to call me? If you should happen to be passing, drop in for a cup of tea. If it weren't for Jim, this company would be in a mess. If it hadn't been for their goalkeeper, United would have lost.

Will and would: politeness and emphasis These can be used as polite forms. Will can also be used for emphasis, meaning 'insist on doing'. If you will stay out late, no wonder you are tired! Supposing, otherwise Supposing or suppose can replace if, mainly in everyday speech. Supposing you won the football pools, what would you do? Otherwise means 'or if not'. It can go at the beginning or end of the sentence. If you hadn't given us directions, we wouldn't have found the house.

Thanks for your directions to the house. We wouldn't have found it otherwise. This can replace if not.

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It is used in formal language, and must be followed by a noun form. If you hadn't helped us, we would have been in trouble. But for your help, we would have been in trouble. There is a possibility that Jack will be late. If so, I will take his place. Sit down, and I'll make us a cup of tea. If you sit down If interested, apply within. If necessary, take a taxi. The room was well-furnished, if a little badly decorated. If we live in Australia, at least the weather be better!

You know that if I have it, I lend it to you. If I decide to leave the office early, my boss call me after I've left! If you finish eating, I clear away the plates. If you haven't received a letter yet, you haven't got the job. If it isn't for David, we are missing the bus If it's raining, we go to the pub on the corner instead If you didn't lend us the money, we would have gone to the bank If you should happen to change your mind, drop me a line If it wasn't for the rain, we would have been home by now.

If you will drive so fast, no wonder the police keep stopping you If I knew you were coming, I would have met you at the airport But for you helped us, we would have taken much longer If Jack joins the team, I'm leaving. I can get some food in. I'd have found us something to eat. I'll come over and see you. I wouldn't have done all this for you.

I asked someone else. I wouldn't be very upset. I would like to know why. I wouldn't have gone to so much trouble. I'll be the happiest girl alive. I'd have had a lovely time. I would look forward to it. I won't be coming either. I'll understand. I can't be sure. Mr Jeffries, I have decided against a prison sentence in your case. You may walk free from this court on 1 that you report to Chesham police station every Friday for the next six months. Should you fail to 2 so, you will be given one warning; and if you persist 3 failing to meet this obligation, you will return to this court for a harsher sentence.

If you are 6 to attend because of illness, please note that a medical certificate must be produced, signed by your doctor, proving your state of health. You should realise that 7 for your previous good conduct, I would 8 had no hesitation in imposing a prison sentence. And I shall not forget that if your friend had 9 intervened in the fight, you might 10 seriously injured the defendant. If I b If you are in London by any chance, come and see me. Using the notes as a guide, complete the letter. Use one or two words in each space. The words you need do not occur in the notes.

Brian, tell Carter's again that their account must be paid. If they don't pay in ten days we're going to have to go to the law. If they're in financial trouble, they can get in touch with our Finance Dept. If they pay up we can keep their account open. If they don't we shall, if we really have to, close their account. If they have settled the account already, say sorry for this letter. On the basis of our goodwill, we are prepared to allow you another ten days to settle your account. However, if you 2 to pay your outstanding bills within ten days you 3 us with no alternative but to take legal action.

That is, 4 we receive full payment by 20 March, we 5 steps to reclaim our money, plus compensation costs. However, we will, if 9 , take the regrettable step of closing your account. We are sorry that the situation has come to this, but if you had paid your bills over the last two months, we would not be in this position now. You 10 have settled your account in the last two days; if so, please accept our apologies for this letter. It's time, it's high time These are followed by past simple or continuous, though the time referred to is unreal. See Grammar 8.

It's time we left. It's high time I was going. I wish I had a motorbike. I don't have one now. You are leaving.

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I am not going. Would Would is used when the speaker wants somebody or something else to change. I wish it would stop raining. The use with would is often used to describe an annoying habit. These are wishes referring to a past event, which cannot be changed. This use of wish is common after if only to express regrets. I hope it doesn't won't rain tomorrow. I hope you 'll have a lovely time in Portugal on your holiday next week. It expresses preference about actions.

I'd rather you didn't smoke in here. Both I'd rather and I'd sooner are used with normal verb forms when comparing nouns or phrases. I'd rather be a sailor than a soldier, present I'd rather have lived in Ancient Greece than Ancient Rome, past. I'd prefer it if you didn't go. However, I'd prefer is not followed by an unreal verb form in other situations.

I'd prefer tea to coffee. I'd prefer you to go swimming rather than go jogging. As if, as though. Real and unreal The verb form here depends on whether the situation is true or unreal. You look as if you're having second thoughts. He is having second thoughts. He acts as if he were in charge.

He isn't in charge. It didn't hit me. Note however, that the more colloquial like does not require this verb form change. Compare: You look like you've just seen a ghost You look as if you'd just seen a ghost. Understood conditions The conditional part of these sentences is often understood but not stated. Imagine we won the pools! Suppose someone told you that I was a spy! Imagine we'd never met! This has only one form, that of the infinitive, and there is no third person -5, or past form. The verb be has be for all forms. They demanded that he leave at once. The school Principal suggested that he be awarded a scholarship.

They demanded that he should leave. They demanded that he left, informal. These are fixed expressions all using subjunctive. Typical expressions are: God save the Queen! Be that as it may Come what may I wish you would b I wish you were more interested in your school work. I wish you would c I wish I spoke more languages.

I wish I could d I wish I had enough money to buy a car. I wish I could e I wish they had more chess books in the library. I wish the library would f I wish there was some soap in the bathroom. I wish the cleaners would g I just wish my partner was a bit more romantic! I just wish my partner would. It's high time you start working seriously. I wish I spend more time swimming last summer. Helen is bossy. She acts as if she own the place. Suppose a complete stranger leave you a lot of money in their will! I wish I go to your party after all. I'd rather you sit next to Susan, please.

The government demanded that the ambassador be recalled, You are lucky going to Italy. I wish I go with you. I wish I bought that old house. I'd rather you don't eat all the bread It's time I go I wish I own a motorbike I wish we are not leaving in the morning Sue would rather reading than watching television. Come what comes, I'll be on your side I hope it would stop raining I'd prefer if you didn't wait I wish I didn't listen to you before.

Would that satisfy you? What do you think they'll say? I wish we to the Grand instead. Complete the letter by writing one word in each space. A contraction don't counts as one word. Dear Tom, Well, this time next week you'll be somewhere in Europe on a train. I'm sure any mum would worry! Actually, you're very lucky. I'd love to I often wish I 2 travelled more when I was younger. I really hope you 3 yourself, but do be careful, won't you? You're only 18 after all. Do take care with your money, won't you?

And I'd rather you 4 spend too many nights in your tent alone. It's so dangerous. I suggest you only 5 your tent in a proper camp site. I wish you 6 going quite so soon. It's a pity you 7 stay until after Dad's 50th birthday. But never mind. I wish Dad 8 be at the airport to see you off, but he's got some really important business that day. Suppose we 9 out to see you in June?!! Just a thought. Anyway, just remember, if you get into any trouble, we're only a phone call away, and come what 10 , we'll always be there for you.

Love, Mum. Employees protesting at the planned closure of the Magnet electronics factory have begun a protest outside the factory in Brook Road. It 1 reveal last week that production at the factory, where over 3, local people 2 employ , 3 transfer to the existing Magnet plant in Luton next month. Only a few new jobs 4 expect to be created. Most of us here own our houses.

How are we going to keep paying the mortgage and find a job? I wish I 9 know. You are the person who things done around here! The victim is thought to have been a bath at the time. As I cycled along the lane I was hit an overhanging branch. If the baby looked unhappy we it a toy to play with.

If you had asked me earlier, I could have helped you. If I catch this bus, I meet you. I'm hungry! If you tease the cat it scratch you! I'll b Everyone knows that taking exercise is good for your health. You don't have to work tomorrow. You must not leave the room before the end of the test. In writing, should can be used to express a strong obligation politely. Guests should vacate their rooms by midday.

I should think that model would sell quite well. It's strange that you should be staying in the same hotel! See Grammar 8 for similar uses in conditional sentences. This could be the house. The situation couldn't be worse. It could be better. We could go to that new restaurant opposite the cinema. You can be really annoying, you know! Winter here can be really cold.

These refer to present time only. See bound to. In expressing certainty, they are opposites. This must be our stop. I'm sure it is. This can't be our stop. I'm sure it isn't. See also Grammar 14 Emphasis. Nobody else is going to turn up now for the lesson, so you may as well go home. May is more common in formal language. The peace conference may find a solution to the problem. Try as I might, I could not pass my driving test. This means although I tried hard, I could not pass my driving test. Shall can be used with all persons to emphasise something which the speaker feels is certain to happen or wants to happen.

We shall win! No player shall knowingly pick up or move the ball of another player. A: The phone's ringing. B: That'll be for me. You won't! I will! A: I won't do it! B: Yes, you will! Would is often used in situations where a conditional sense is understood but not stated. Nobody would agree with that idea, if we asked them Life wouldn't be worth living without you. Do you need to use the photocopier? Need you make so much noise? See Grammar 7 for need doing. You'd better not phone her again. It's bound to rain tomorrow. This 1 be the house, I suppose, number 16 Elland Way.

I pictured it as being much bigger, from the estate agent's description. Well, we'd 2 go inside. We 3 as well. Wait a minute. I 4 to just find my glasses. I 5 see a thing without them. I don't think much of it from the outside, to be honest. Yes, it 6 certainly do with a coat of paint or two.

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