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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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

    This movie is unconventional, even daring, by Hollywood standards, with a 60 year-old female protagonist and unresolved ending, and it's encouraging to see it striking a chord with plenty of people. This screening, like the last one I went to, was pretty full.

    I still don't think it's a good movie, though. There's something about it that doesn't ring true. I blame Sheriff Willoughby (Harrelson), dying like that and leaving impossibly noble and sentimental letters for the important characters so…

  • Serial Mom

    Serial Mom

    I laughed long and hard at this glorious satire of American family values / horror movies. Turner's comedy skills are glorious. As you expect with Waters, it's all a bit rough-and-ready, and none the worse for that. It's kind of tame compared to his early work, but with the same enthusiasm for depravity, it comes across less mainstream than I remembered it. The pace hardly ever flags and it certainly doesn't outstay its welcome. It's enlivened by cool cameos, actors…

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  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★★★

    Another near-masterpiece from Wheatley, perhaps my favourite UK filmmaker working today, and another entry in the subgenre of dystopic tower block fantasies along with Shivers, Dredd, The Raid, and (I guess) The Towering Inferno. It's an inherently dramatic setting: the tower's monstrous size, the claustrophobic spaces within, the vertical structure providing an obvious metaphor for society or the Freudian psyche. In this one, our hero and the architect also explicitly discuss the block as a metaphor for the body -…

  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    ★★★★

    As any other Adam Curtis movie, this is a vast number of archive clips cut together with enormous artistry and eerily combined with Curtis' voice-over, block titles, and counter-intuitive but exactly appropriate music. Like all his documentaries, it has powerful political points to make, and forces you to see the world in a new light. Some of his claims may be subjective and debatable, but he certainly has a wealth of evidence to back them up. But it's not just…