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  • The Prestige

    ★★★★½

  • Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★½

  • 8 Mile

    ★★★★

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★½

    On tonight's episode of "I give my girlfriend a film education" her takeaway was this: 

    "If The Greatest Showman could copy himself, why didn't he just clone 800 of himself and gang-beat the shit out of Batman?"

    I don't know why I bother...

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    And thus continues the ongoing education of my girlfriend, in a course she didn't sign up for, entitled "Why haven't you seen this already??"

    She says it's better than Jurassic Park, but still seemed somewhat... lukewarm on it. At least the Johnny B. Goode scene won her over.

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    A triangular power play set in a Wittgensteinian nightmare, Ex Machina is an obtuse thought experiment disguised as your average sci-fi thriller. Conceptually akin to Spielberg's A.I., and visually drawn from the works of H.R. Giger, it's conceived through inspiration, while pushing its own boundaries. Somewhere in the superficial reaches of high concept sci-fi, this Philip K Dick brain child takes a cookie cutter structure, and elevates it to a riveting game of cat-and-mouse. Ex Machina constantly addresses its own…

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★½

    "Shitter Island"

    To his credit, Verbinski frames his narrative with a vivid, multisensory environment. Sadly, he can't help but colour outside the lines. For what A Cure for Wellness lacks in procedural focus, it makes up for in rich, texturally grotesque imagery. However, the magnetism of it's superficial elements (cinematography and sound design) are undercut by a messy, directionless plot that doesn't so much culminate, but instead just... ends. I love puzzles, but this one's missing too many pieces to…