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  • The Graduate
  • Carrie
  • Before Sunset
  • The Apartment

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  • Light & Magic

    ★★★½

  • Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

  • Trainwreck: Woodstock '99

    ★★★

  • Primal Fear

    ★★★½

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    Dan Trachtenberg has impressively resurrected the putrid corpse of the Predator franchise. Prey cuts back on the trappings of this particular action series until we are left with its essential elements; a protagonist of extreme competence battling a cunning and merciless foe in an unbending environment. It’s just a shame that this cinematic spectacle is just a tool in the ongoing streaming wars rather than a staple of the multiplexes’ summer season. 

    10 Cloverfield Lane, a surprise in more ways than…

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★★★

    Richard Linklater has always been preoccupied with the passage of time - or more accurately its transformative nature. This is most evident with Boyhood, the director’s audaciously ambitious quest to chart a young boy’s growth over a 12-year period. Although Boyhood is a unique feat of longform filmmaking, this thematic preoccupation is most emotively delivered in the Before Trilogy, an endlessly relatable glance at a beautiful but imperfect relationship and the metamorphosis of two individuals. 

    It’s fitting that Jesse and Céline have…

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  • Light & Magic

    Light & Magic

    ★★★½

    Light & Magic excels when it delves into the minutiae of ILM’s craft, offering a stimulating look at technological development as well as both its artistic beneficiaries and victims.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

    Infinite words have been written about the superlative beauty of Days of Heaven. The film’s spellbinding cinematography captures the melancholy of a vast landscape unlike any comparable piece of art, while Terrence Malick’s obsessive direction constructs a wistful tale of America as transportative as any great novel.

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  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★

    Watching Bullet Train is like eating an indulgent chocolate fudge cake. The first piece is euphoric but eventually you begin to feel violently sick. It’s a film that luxuriates in its eccentricity and is so self aware as to become frustrating. The picture is undoubtedly enjoyable, with some frenetic action sequences punctuated by slick direction and a healthy dose of side-splitting gags. Its a pity that the once funny jokes eventually wear thin and the third act is marred by abysmal CGI. Bullet Train is a fun ride; I just wish the journey wasn’t quite so turbulent.

  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    ★★

    While elevated by the sheer charisma of its leading men, this aspiring franchise starter doesn’t contain enough style or imagination to leave much of an impression. The Russo’s non-MCU work is serviceable but underwhelming, with The Gray man adding to the long list of forgettable Netflix projects.

    For a film with a budget of $200m, The Gray Man looks incredibly cheap, a common problem with Netflix originals. It doesn’t have the death-defying stunts of Mission Impossible, the gorgeous cinematography of the…