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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    An emotionally taxing tale of revenge and despair. A fiery western homage transposed into the blistering cold of an unforgiving snowy tundra. Nothing about War For The Planet Of The Apes screams comfort - it is relentlessly bleak in nature. To say 'they don't make blockbusters like this anymore' would be a lie, as I'm not sure they ever did? The qualities that make this series appear so inaccessible to mainstream moviegoers are somehow its greatest assets. No other $150M+…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★½

    Somebody's gotta stick up for the little guy, right? Grassroots superheroics Street level shenanigans. When Spider-Man: Homecoming goes small, it makes the whole Marvel Universe feel that much bigger. It's a refreshing point of access to the (often underwhelming) solo superhero tale - one that's very relatable to the film's core audience. Peter's fanboyish idolisation of the Avengers is an extension of our deep-rooted love for these movies, his apathy towards his day-to-day life reflects our desire for escapist adventure.…

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  • 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…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★

    A deep dive into existentialism that begins with nothing more than a man wearing a sheet with two eyeholes. A Ghost Story is a film about loss, legacy and letting go. This is all kinds of artsy - but never really to the point of being self-indulgent? It's a film birthed out of its director's passion for filmmaking, shot in the weeks after he wrapped post-production on a much larger feature, and completed amongst friends. It's an intimate glimpse into…