Film Review: Isle of Dogs

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Filthy, Hairy Bastards

Either you’re a Wes Anderson fan or you’re not. If you are, you’re a sucker for the artistry he brings to each story, the whimsy, and laconic, self-conscious dialogue. If you’re not, that lack of spontaneity (or the illusion thereof), and his arm’s length approach to characterisation, for no Anderson film ever truly made the […]

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Film Review: A Quiet Place

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Where Silence Has Lease

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot, including the ending. A Quiet Place has a novel horror-cum-thriller premise – blind, aurally hypersensitive monsters who attack and kill anything that makes a loud noise have overrun the world, forcing the few human survivors to tip toe through life. Consequently, the beast that lives in […]

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Film Review: Ready Player One

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Pop Goes Culture

Warning: This review reveals details of the film’s plot, including the predictable ending. Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One, has been derided by some for being a pop culture listicle grafted onto a Roald Dahl plot. And not a mass of stuff in the David Foster Wallace mould, but Wallace for idiots, for nerds, for […]

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Film Review: A Quiet Place

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Where Silence Has Lease

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot, including the ending. A Quiet Place has a novel horror-cum-thriller premise – blind, aurally hypersensitive monsters who attack and kill anything that makes a loud noise have overrun the world, forcing the few human survivors to tip toe through life. Consequently, the beast that lives in […]

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Film Review: Ready Player One

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Pop Goes Culture

Warning: This review reveals details of the film’s plot, including the predictable ending. Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One, has been derided by some for being a pop culture listicle grafted onto a Roald Dahl plot. And not a mass of stuff in the David Foster Wallace mould, but Wallace for idiots, for nerds, for […]

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Film Review: Unsane

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Lock In 

Warning: This review refers to key plot points. Check out of a screening before reading. Steven Soderbergh once promised to retire and for a time did, perhaps because the indie filmmaker in him felt constrained by the trappings of his success. He had access to professional equipment and crew, A-list actors and with it, the […]

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Film Review: You Were Never Really Here

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Sight Unseen 

Lynne Ramsay’s been wowing us with her deft artistry for some time now; her masterful staging and collapsing of time signatures adding an ethereal quality to Morven Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin. With You Were Never Really Here she reaffirms her credentials as literary adaptor par excellence; a director who understands how […]

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Film Review: Annihilation

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To the Lighthouse 

Warning: This review discusses the plot, including the ending. When Alex Garland’s high concept sci-fi movie flopped at the US box office, some hacks sounded the death knell for the kind of adult mid-budget movie it represents. Once upon a time, noted the doom-mongers, before the likes of it got squeezed by low-cost, high profit […]

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Film Review: Mom and Dad

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Late Abortion

Mischievously released in the UK to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend, Mom and Dad has the kind of delicious blackly comic premise that does what horror’s supposed to do – namely drive a Firebird Trams Am through your most cherished assumptions and invert comforting social norms. No norm is more cherished or indeed, comforting, than […]

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Film Review: Tomb Raider

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Daddy's Girl 

In movie terms, Tomb Raider’s always been an Indiana Jones wannabe that’s never earned the whip. Its cultural cachet is derived solely from Lara Croft’s status as an iconic games character. Once, as personified by Angelina Jolie, she was a problematic feminist construct – a male fantasy, all big tits and guns. Alicia Vikanda plays […]

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Ed’s Monster Capsule Review Movie Catch Up

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Red Sparrow If Jennifer Lawrence’s espionage thriller with cold war trappings is feminist, as some claim, it charts a curious course to the promised land. J-Law’s Russian state sponsored honeytrap has plenty of internal fortitude but she’s blackmailed, courtesy of her caring responsibilities, into attending a programme where her body becomes state property and she’s […]

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Film Review: Black Panther

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Always Bet on Black

All superhero movies are about identity and the intersection between who you are and what you do, but with the recent exception of DC’s lone star in the critically acclaimed firmament, Wonder Woman, there’s seldom been a release as informed by the politics of self as Marvel’s Black Panther. Ryan Coogler’s film, in keeping with […]

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