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  • Apostasy

    Apostasy

    ★★★½

    The Children Act, but about real people rather than cleverness. A suffocating study in bad faith.

  • The Children Act

    The Children Act

    ★★½

    Too much McEwan, and McEwanness, though of course Emma Thompson is superb regardless. And Rosie Cavaliero absolutely steals her scene as a social worker, with barely any dialogue.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Chilly portrait of a mentally ill artist who revels in his own sickness, with his preferred enablers. Oddly hilarious, and always gorgeous, despite all these repugnant details. Like a beautiful silk gown with the pins left in the seams, or a delicious omelette spiked with toxic mushrooms.

  • Merry-Go-Round

    Merry-Go-Round

    ★★★★★

    Giddily high-strung anti-capitalist love story. Just gorgeous from start to finish.