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  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Lola
  • The Thing

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  • Ali & Ava

    ★★★

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★

  • Something's Gotta Give

    ★★★½

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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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  • Ali & Ava

    Ali & Ava

    ★★★

    Slight, but endearingly low key! Kept alive by its thoroughly unfussy lead performances and several scenes that allow them to just hang out and play, creating enough sparks with their chemistry that the third-act’s attempts to stoke up more contrived drama feel false and redundant. Inspired use of music throughout. 6.5/10 

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    One of my warmer filmic takes is that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a smug, nonsensical, morally repugnant mess, so consider me baffled not just by the relative simplicity of Martin McDonough’s latest tale but also by its warm melancholy and attunement to real human feeling. There are still stretches of dialogue too look-at-me-quirky for my tastes (I never wanna hear the word “rowing” again) and the formal craft is pretty (and prettily) perfunctory for the most part, but…

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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…