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The second collection of images from 2012 once again brought us nature at its full force and beauty along with news and daily life coming from countries like Russia, Syria, Egypt, England, India and Italy. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the second 4 months of 2012. Please see part 1 from Monday and here's part 3. -- Lloyd Young ( 47 photos total)
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the United States side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 15. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Starring: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan
Director: Paddy Considine

Summary: The story of Joseph (Mullan), a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As his life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah (Coleman), a Christian charity shop worker…

Sorry kids, this isn't about dinosaurs. But it is as quick, nimble and sharp in its bite as a velociraptor. It shows the extreme weaknesses of human nature in stark contrast with the simple joys life can bring and has a nihilistic, visceral visual intensity that doesn't let up. Most importantly however, Tyrannosaur is held together by a couple of fantastic performances from Paddy Considine behind the camera and Olivia Colman.

Whereas Peter Mullan (Joseph) is an old hand at exploring the darker side of human existence, Colman can usually be found as Mitchell and Webb's comic foil in Peep Show or as a dour supporting actor in a number of Sunday evening dramas. But here she is a revelation. Showing sweet fragility and divine strength in equal measure, she is surely destined to be more than an actress with a semi-recognisable face. This is the type of performance that makes Bafta not only stand up and take notice, but has their collective eyeballs popping out like a Tex Avery doddle. The interplay between Hannah and Joseph alone – two lost souls beaten down by life and searching for escape – gives Tyrannosaur a strong focus during rare moments when it threatens to fall into cheap melodrama and holds everything nasty sweetly in place.

As a first time director, Paddy Considine is obviously heavily influenced by his working relationship with Shane Meadows. Tyrannosaur has that same non descript setting as Considine/Meadows mash-ups Dead Man's Shoes and Romeo Brass, is bittersweet in moments, has a downbeat atmosphere throughout and Considine lets the performances do the talking rather than feeling the need to be flashy on his debut. However, Considine does shun Meadows penchant for slow burn tension in favour of a carousel of violence; bobbing and weaving between smacks to the face and kicks to the stomach. This unflinching approach doesn't let up until a surprisingly peaceful and well played ending between Mullan and Colman that shows just how violent nature can eventually cleanse our souls and bring order to the chaos we see in a world full of moral ambiguity.

Tyrannosaur is brutal and human. It's tough viewing no doubt but is not only the best of British cinema but it brings two new talents – Colman and Considine – to the fore and is award winning, uncompromising cinema for an adult audience.

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