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  • Hannibal Rising

    Hannibal Rising

    ★½

    “Look how they massacred my boy”

    Thank God we had Hannibal and Mads Mikkelsen to balance out this absolute mess.
    The greatest crime is how this prequel senselessly gorges on its own mythos and allure, without thought, without pause, without grace and without skill. 

    ‘M FOR MISHAAA!’ - Strong candidate for worst line ever

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    Let’s be clear, 'Mank' is a film made by cinephiles, for cinephiles. All of the wonderful production design, cinematography and stylistic craftsmanship in the world can’t disguise this film’s verbosity, its self-indulgence and its almost willful inaccessibility at times.

    Even as someone who is genuinely interested in many of the issues Fincher delves into - the process of screenwriting, the history of 'Citizen Kane' and Hollywood studios in the 30s/40s, and the political atmosphere surrounding figures like Upton Sinclair -…

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  • The Game

    The Game

    ★★½

    CRS are definitely home to the world’s greatest flash mob...

    What’s surprising about The Game is how cliché and predictable it is underneath all of the paranoia and suspense. But Fincher at least provides some relatively fun twists and turns, with believability exchanged for tempo and excitement.  There were some moments that gave me a real X-Files vibe, at times due to eerily prescient ideas about control and surveillance, and at others due to a hold on to your hat…