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  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Paddington 2
  • Knight of Cups
  • I Am Easy to Find

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

  • Candyman

    ★★★★

  • Old

    ★★½

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    “We are not leading the lives we are meant for. We are meant for something else.” 

    Seeing Knight Of Cups in January 2016 was perhaps the worst cinema experience I’ve ever had. The screening was full of couples who loudly debated whether or not they should leave and strangers who called across the room to each other to discuss how “pretentious” it was, offering no courtesy to fellow filmgoers and no justification for their misplaced judgment. The word “pretentious” is rarely used…

  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★★

    Moved To No. 2 In “2018 RANKED” :) 

    Lisa: “I know you’re going through a lot, so I decided to be generous today.” 
    Arturo: “You are everyday.” 
    Lisa: “What’s that?” 
    Arturo: “You’re generous everyday.” 
    Lisa: “Oh, well. Thank you Arturo.” 

    Andrew Bujalski’s Support The Girls is an incredible movie, warmly comforting without shying away from the aching melancholy of its subject matter, and one of my all time favourite films. Following a day in the life of the workers at…

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    It’s so great that actors from diverse backgrounds are finally getting their own blockbuster superhero roles with no depth or defining personality traits to speak of! Progress! All facetiousness and bafflingly bland (yet still blandly charming) protagonist aside, there is some surprisingly effortful and good-natured fun to be had here, and the first half boasts the most creatively choreographed, visually coherent action scenes in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, an action franchise that won’t die despite being woefully short on…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★

    Urban grit and grime deliberately dwarfed by sleek, shimmering skyscrapers, evocatively lensed in rocky handheld and daunting helicopter grandeur, respectively. Both are atmospheric spaces for historically-rippling currents of black trauma and white oppression, conscious and unconscious (literally). Marred by an experientially effective but thematically regressive ending, which sacrifices substance for shock, but the chaotic energy of the rollercoaster trumps its blegh destination. 8/10 

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★

    MCU RANKED - The Road To Endgame :) 
    ADDED TO 2019 RANKED :) 

    Avengers: Endgame is not great cinema. Many fans will no doubt insist that it is, lauding it as some kind of perfect masterpiece or the peak of its genre in the days and months and years to come, confusing their high levels of enjoyment and satisfaction with high levels of quality craft. Enjoyment and satisfaction are extremely valuable things, however, and a movie doesn’t need to be…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    Full of flaws that will be exaggerated and features that will be ignored, but in my currently overwhelmed and sleepy state, the former take precedence. Like the last Star Wars trilogy-capper, Revenge Of The Sith, J.J. Abrams’ The Rise Of Skywalker is wildly rushed and wildly overstuffed, but not because the previous films didn’t do enough for the story. Rather, it’s because this one does too much, needlessly bogging itself in an interminable mess of macguffins and mini-quests that largely ignores the…