10 Cloverfield Lane (1)
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Without doubt, 10 Cloverfield Lane is among the best films released in 2016. It is one of those rare endeavours that defies standard categorisation – it is not a horror film, but contains horrific elements; it is not science fiction, but contains science fiction themes; it is not a psychological thriller, but keeps us in suspense as to motive and intention. Most importantly, however, it deftly plays with sexist cinematic tropes, while delivering a female hero for the ages.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, in his feature length debut, the film is written by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle. Its central character is Michelle, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who first appears in her New Orleans apartment, as she prepares to leave her fiancée. She packs up her car, and sets off...

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