Source Code (2011)

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Like many new filmmakers, British director Duncan Jones has an awful lot to prove with his second feature – particularly as his 2009 debut, Moon, is widely regarded as one of the best independent sci-fi films of recent years. But, while Source Code never quite reaches the dizzy heights of Moon, it undoubtedly marks Jones out as a remarkable new talent.

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Orphan (2009)

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It’s a cinematic rule of thumb that having children play major roles in a horror movie makes the film about 50 per cent more scary than it would otherwise have been; would such works as The Bad Seed, The Exorcist or even The Omen have become such classics without their pint-sized protagonists? Young Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra certainly understands this and uses it well and truly to his advantage in Orphan, a horror film that’s successful enough to forgive Collet-Serra’s his 2005 travesty House of Wax.

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