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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    The final shot floored me. I sat there in stunned silence as the credits rolled. Dazed. Caught in a whirlwind of emotions - with a baseline mood that bounced between sadness and elation every split-second. And it all felt so earned. It begins as a buoyant, artistic escape into the Italian countryside. Sophisticated and fanciful - deserving of both your delight and scorn. Yet as it progresses it takes on deeper meaning, baring its soul and inviting you in to…

  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    ★★★★½

    At this point I should probably stop being so shocked by how much I vibe with a Noah Baumbach movie. The Squid And The Whale encapsulates everything about Baumbach's films you might not like - typically hipster qualities, a zealous reverence for literature/music, a self-entitled male lead going through a mid-life crisis - but frames those elements in a way that's both funny and incisive. Style-wise, it's rooted in the quirkiness of noughties independent cinema, yet does a great job…

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    mmhmm yeah that's the good stuff

    [sober edit]: Campy, chaotic, comic book entertainment. Thor: Ragnarok is about as shamelessly silly as a $150M+ blockbuster can get. What separates it from big budget atrocities is its self awareness. This is a Taika Waititi movie through and through - and in no mood to apologise for that fact. Thor the Third™ has so little interest in taking itself seriously, it instead turns on its own franchise with a dose of light-hearted mockery.…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★½

    My word, this is dumb. So wonderfully dumb. I mentioned yesterday how The Kings Of Summer felt like it was made by a 15-year-old - since then, it seems Jordan Vogt-Roberts' filmmaking style has regressed even further. This time he's gone all out and made the King Kong film you always dreamed of... as a child. It's like if somebody developed a loving two-hour-long homage to the atomic breath scene in Gareth Edwards' underrated Godzilla. The characters are thinly-scripted, the…