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  • My Name Is Leon

    ★★★★

  • A Call to Spy

    ★½

  • Burning at Both Ends

  • The Janes

    ★★★★

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★

    Assimilating many of David Cronenberg's much-favoured themes, including alienation, evolution and mutation of the body, Crimes of the Future is the Canadian filmmaker's first genuine body horror movie since 1999's eXistenZ. It encompasses practical effects and sets that deliver an intriguing glance into a futuristic world, complete with stylised performances from a cast including Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. 

    It's an audacious film with a vague, hollowed-out setting that's conveyed with a clinical approach, keeping the observer at…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange, assumes the viewer has at least some cursory knowledge of the Disney+ television miniseries Wandavision as it exhibits its numerous trippy computer-generated special effects and mild horror conventions across the screen. Directed by Sam Raimi, it's the 28th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, from a narrative perspective, is unsatisfactorily constructed and developed. 

    It's further indication that the appearance of the Multiverse concept has facilitated filmmakers, except…

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  • My Name Is Leon

    My Name Is Leon

    ★★★★

    This adaptation of British/Irish writer Kit de Waal's debut award-winning novel about a mixed-race boy in foster care, set amongst the Birmingham 1980s race riots, sidesteps all the standard hitches of sentimentality and nostalgia. The narrative pursues the emotionally battered protagonist, which Cole Martin plays beautifully, as his future balances on a knife-edge after social services rule his single mother can no longer look after him and his white half-brother Jake. Martin brings a naturalness to the role of the…

  • A Call to Spy

    A Call to Spy

    ★½

    A melancholy period piece, A Call to Spy, dramatises the exploits of three of the women in Britain's Special Operations Executive, an espionage and sabotage organisation during World War II. The film follows the true stories of Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian Muslim pacifist who volunteered as a radio operator; Virginia Hall, an ambitious American with a wooden leg who became the scourge of the SS and Vera Atkins, who enlisted and drilled many of the operatives.

    Unfortunately, the movie…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    So it's finally here, the reshot and retooled alternate version of the 2017 box office bomb Justice League. Now admittedly, Zack Snyder's films, along with those of Michael Bay, have never been able to fill me with joyous anticipation. Still, I've had protracted intentions of watching this after all the ridiculous and childish absurdities of the years of online campaigning of #ReleasetheSnyderCut. This campaign saw a loud and primarily obnoxious community insisting they were being denied access to a secret…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    1917 is an emotionally harrowing and memorable experience. It’s a movie in which Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) utilises long takes to give the impression of it being one continuous shot, as opposed to an authentic one-shot movie such as Sebastian Schipper’s magnificent Victoria. The trick/gimmick very quickly becomes subordinate however as the story itself is so absorbing, but it’s nonetheless an extraordinary feat, and the crew spent months harmonising shots and sequences so that everything would be…