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  • Gremlins
  • Trainspotting
  • ULTRAPOP: Live at the Masonic
  • The Shining

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  • The Shining

    ★★★★★

  • Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★

  • Candyman

    ★★★

  • Scream

    ★★★★★

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Apologies, but we're gonna get personal here, so strap in.

    Let me preface this by saying that I was pretty terrified of watching this film. I'm a drummer in a punk band; I'm a metal lover and metal musician (literally dropped a song yesterday - check it out!); I spent a huge chunk of my teens (the six or seven years pre-pandemic) going to gigs and playing shows, often without earplugs or any real regard for my hearing. Music is…

  • Graveyard of Honor

    Graveyard of Honor

    ★★★★★

    Takashi Miike's gangster epic; his Martin Scorsese moment. Graveyard of Honor plays out like a cross between the director's own Black Society trilogy, Goodfellas, and Uncut Gems. The result is staggeringly brilliant, and a new favourite of mine which I imagine I'll continue to get more and more out of for years to come.

    I have to confess I've never seen Kinji Fukasaku's original Graveyard of Honor (though it's on my watchlist), but I'm sure the high regard it's held…

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  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★★

    Utterly, utterly ridiculous. Pure trash-horror given a shot of adrenaline in the arm and stamped with Sam Raimi's trademark Evil Dead-style madness. The performances are middling at best, the CGI is largely poor, and none of it makes much sense, but the entertainment factor when it comes to unrelenting gross-out and gory moments is unfuckwithable. Good fun but I'm still not a massive Raimi fan by any means.

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★

    Was buzzing (ha) to see this after finally checking out the original a few weeks ago and falling in love. It’s not a patch whatsoever, but Nia DaCosta & Jordan Peele have suitably updated the legend of Candyman for a mainstream audience in 2021 – and not by means of a reboot, remake, or spin-off, but a direct sequel to the first.

    The story this time revolves around struggling artist Anthony McCoy and his journey in the footsteps of Helen Lyle;…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Tenet almost brings Christopher Nolan to the point of self-parody. It's the most Nolan-y thing he's ever done, and whether that's a good thing or a bad thing will depend entirely on your taste. Personally, I had a pretty great time catching this at the cinema - but it definitely isn't without its flaws.

    We follow John David Washington (in an almost sci-fi 007 role) as he attempts to save the world from futuristic, time-bending technology with the power to…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    Arguably the worst thing to ever happen in the month of September.