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  • Surf Nazis Must Die

    Surf Nazis Must Die

    ★★

    The first 20 minutes and the finale are genuinely amazing. The rest is a confusing, overplotted snoozefest, which isn't really what you want from a movie called Surf Nazis Must Die.

  • Wheel of Time

    Wheel of Time

    ★★★★

    Jag Mandir and Bells from the Deep walked, so Wheel of Time could run. This combines so many of Herzog's obsessions – complex rituals, human ephemerality, the beautiful strangeness of faith, cultural transposition, the sheer enormity of time – I'm surprised it's not considered one of his key post-Kinski works.

    In fact, I think Wheel of Time is a perfect showcase for what makes Herzog such an extraordinary documentarian: it portrays a unique aspect of human life on Earth –…

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  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★

    Lee takes the biopic's inherently teleological structure and applies it to a life that defies any attempt at reading it like a traditional dramatic arc. But of course, that's the point: no matter how complex Malcolm X's life may have been, America was never going to let him live, one way or the other. That's what makes the epilogue, and the film as a whole, so powerful – they reaffirm and celebrate the radicalism and the diversity at the heart of the civil rights movement that America has been working so hard to whitewash and ignore.

  • Trolls World Tour

    Trolls World Tour

    ★½

    Here's to pop – the cause of, and solution to, all of music's problems.