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  • Frank Herbert's Dune

    ★★★½

  • Dune

    ★★★

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

    ★★★

  • Dunkirk

    ★★★½

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Tobey Maguire’s trilogy remains indelible, from its origin story, the pitch-perfect sequel, and the messy conclusion. It has Raimi written all over it, and even at its worst moments, the least you could dub it is memorable. The follow-up series doesn't have that same appeal, but Garfield's charisma shines through, as it similarly does here. Conversely, Holland's rendition has always felt a little cut-and-paste from its surrounding universe, unable to separate itself from the whimsy and bathos of the MCU.…

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    If a comedian makes a joke and no one is around to hear it, is it actually funny?

    One of the early segments in Bo Burnham's Inside has him in a familiar set-up: sitting at the piano, the source of much of his musical comedy, he delivers a slow ballad interspersed with the odd f-bomb, a performance that gives the impression he is just commencing another show. But he's in lockdown, and he's singing to a static camera, not a…

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  • Dog Day Afternoon

    Dog Day Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Initially, we believe Sonny is an accomplished and capable criminal. He knows all the tricks of the trade that the tellers employ. There's humour in the way he dismissively scatters the decoy bills, as if he has done this a hundred times and is sick of all the charades. Pacino's character is a great mystery and intimacy at once. His bravado persona is played up for the crowd and all the media scrutiny that accompanies the stakeout. His jaded, weary…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Llewyn Davis is nothing short of an asshole. Carey's Mulligan's profane-ridden rant on his due irresponsibilities immediately paints us a not so pretty picture. He makes several choices in favour of his pathetic little career, and they are selfish ones; taking off in search of representation instead of a lost cat, and leaving a sick man in a car in the middle of nowhere. He does not compromise, and that results in a wonderful scene where a goofy upbeat rendition…