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  • Umberto D.
  • The Lady Eve
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Uncut Gems

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  • Blonde

    ★★½

  • Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

    ★★★

  • Athena

    ★★★

  • Black Bird

    ★★

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★½

    44/100

    Blonde is a pretty mean film. It is a such a searing, unforgiving look at Hollywood and the Hollywood dream that it could only have been made by a non-American. Unfortunately, however, essentially it’s Mulholland Drive with nowhere near the smarts, the depth or the originality of that film.

    Dominik has claimed that it would “offend everybody”, and he was not wrong. It is a hallucinatory hall-of-mirrors quasi biopic, a surreal tragedy about the impossibility of being Marilyn Monroe…

  • Athena

    Athena

    ★★★

    60/100

    From its’ stunning eleven minute tracking shot opening which defies the laws of physics until the end, Athena is a feat of technical prowess. And pretty stylish and generally gorgeous to look at, which given Gavras’ background in music videos is no surprise, with cinematographer Matias Boucard framing the many dramatic scenes of violence as though they’re Delacroix paintings. Bearing in mind this however what is surprising is that the film is constructed mainly by pretty long, kinetic sequences…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    83/100

    If films are judged according to how often and how well they hit their apparent targets (and they should), then Dunkirk is near flawless. Nolan has explained that he wanted to portray the rescue mission of allied troops from France at the beginning of WWII not as a traditional war film but as a thriller, a tale of suspense and survival, and he has managed to do exactly that. Even for a film telling a well known story, this…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    35/100

    Oh dear, this is not very good is it? I haven’t read Ernest Cline’s 2011 hit book on which this is based but it is hard to imagine that it’s any less hackneyed than the film. The book is supposed to be a fan letter to ’80s pop culture, set in a world where icons from movies, games and TV became real. But the film, though at times technically pretty impressive (of course it is, come on its Spielberg), is…