What Maise Knew is an intelligent drama and a masterclass in acting, most especially from Onata Aprile, who plays the eponymous Maisie in a performance of innate foresight that holds up the entire film. The script is tightly structured, and the deconstruction of conventional family dynamics is very interesting, and the majestic cinematography does much in putting across the child's-eye perspective. Finally, directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel control all the tangible elements and deliver a PG-rated movie that is proof that, much as I love exploitation cinema, that it's not necessary to fill the BBFC checkbox to make a great film
The Thin White Dude's Prognosis - 8.2/10
Runner-Up: Blackfish - Relatively unimaginative, but effective and genuinely poignant subject matter that works as both a genre thriller and a documentary.
Second-Most Deadly Disease: Diana - Not as bad as it's cracked up to be, but terribly middle of the road, with all the edges sanded off and frightfully dull.
Avoid Like The Plague: Grown Ups 2 - It would be more interesting to spend a hundred minutes rolling around naked in a landfill. The single worst film I have seen in the whole of my seven years as a film reviewer. El fin?