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  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★

    NETFLIX (ULTRA 4K)
    1.78:1
    Colour 
    Redcode RAW
    15

    “All those people we saved. Look what it got us. But what if, just once, we did something for us?”

    Snyder’s first original IP since Sucker Punch - Army of the Dead - is a decent albeit tired venture into a trope filled genre piece. It should come at no surprise that the latest Snyder ventute is as conventional and predictable as much of his filmography. The famed director does in fact…

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★

    Warner Bros
    2.39:1
    Colour + Monochrome 
    Codex
    15

    “I think I hurt someone”

    The James Wan craftmanship is undoubtedly lacking here but the third film in the Warren trilogy and eighth film overall, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a strong trilogy capping venture. As always the performances - specifically Wilson and Farmiga - are terrific with wonderful touches of emotive power. The score is equally as expressive in it's emotive depth, as is the narrative throughout,…

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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★★

    Utopia
    2.35:1
    Colour 
    Codex ARRIRAW
    15

    “You look like Gwyneth Paltrow on food stamps--and not in a good way”

    Seligman undoubtedly cements herself as a burning filmmaker to watch with an emotionally claustrophobic and tension-filled directorial debut in Shiva Baby. Wonderfully witty but echoed in social and comedic bravado, Seligman‘s screenplay - accompanied with stellar performances - curate a frantic albeit intensely fascinating depiction of character. Wonderfully paced and edited with a strong immersion and running time. However, Seligman -…

  • Mainstream

    Mainstream

    ★★★★

    A24
    2.35:1
    Color 
    Codex
    15

    The resulting standout here is the fabulous and devilish performance from Andrew Garfield. The description of wicked and wild does not quite do this incredible performance justice. It is a fascinating, internally crafted role that becomes the thematic epicentre of the feature. Outlandish and broad but also restraint and quaint to amplify the seductive nature of the performance, Garfield unleashes quite the power he has stored as a performer, not only in creative freedom but also in the execution of monologue, depth and range.

    80

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    Disney + Lucasfilm. Vue Extreme Cinema
    2.39:1
    Color 
    35mm + 65mm + Codex
    12
    2D

    “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to”

    Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is a bitterly disappointing, flat, tiresome, and ultimately disastrous attempt at wanting to stand out against the norm. The tone is completely utterly wrong for such a massively important episode in a franchise that needs to go darker and embrace it. It has no clue of what it wants to…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    Warner Bros. Cinema
    1.85:1
    Color 
    Codex
    15

    ”Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

    Phoenix is phenomenal. Dark, gritty & fucking crazy Joker is more on the lines of Mean Streets than Taxi Driver but is clearly heavily influenced on the latter. It all looks to be serving a masterclass, but Phillips stumbles in the last hurdle with the film not knowing if it wants to stand alone as its own entity or be enticed and constricted by the lore that surrounds it.

    80

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