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  • The Graduate
  • Carrie
  • Before Sunset
  • The Apartment

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  • Be Water

    ★★★

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★★★

  • Resurrection

    ★★★½

  • Light & Magic

    ★★★½

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ★★★★★

    On a cold winter's night many moons ago, I laid drowsy after a long day of jumping from chair to chair, ridiculously attempting to mimic the act of swinging across New York’s skyline. Believing I was unconscious, my babysitters though it safe to finally watch the film they had rented from Blockbuster - A Nightmare on Elm Street. Little did they know that I would be watching every moment through shielded eyes, captivated by this 80s slasher staple. 

    Upon revisiting…

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★

    Dan Trachtenberg has impressively resurrected the putrid corpse of the Predator franchise. Prey cuts back on the trappings of this particular action series until we are left with its essential elements; a protagonist of extreme competence battling a cunning and merciless foe in an unbending environment. It’s just a shame that this cinematic spectacle is just a tool in the ongoing streaming wars rather than a staple of the multiplexes’ summer season. 

    10 Cloverfield Lane, a surprise in more ways than…

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  • Be Water

    Be Water

    ★★★

    Be Water is a competently constructed overview of Bruce Lee’s attempts to overcome a culture rife with prejudice, underpinned by wonderfully insightful archival footage. However, at 105 minutes, the film feels frustratingly brief. Lee’s legacy deserves a work much more thorough than this.

  • Resurrection

    Resurrection

    ★★★½

    Resurrection is not to be enjoyed but rather endured. Infused with a tormenting ambiguity, Andrew Semans’ film is an unflinching tale of trauma and haunted memories, and though it edges close to narrative implosion, Rebecca Hall's intensely committed performance prevents the piece from becoming another abstract thriller of little substance.

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  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    ★★

    While elevated by the sheer charisma of its leading men, this aspiring franchise starter doesn’t contain enough style or imagination to leave much of an impression. The Russo’s non-MCU work is serviceable but underwhelming, with The Gray man adding to the long list of forgettable Netflix projects.

    For a film with a budget of $200m, The Gray Man looks incredibly cheap, a common problem with Netflix originals. It doesn’t have the death-defying stunts of Mission Impossible, the gorgeous cinematography of the…

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★

    Watching Bullet Train is like eating an indulgent chocolate fudge cake. The first piece is euphoric but eventually you begin to feel violently sick. It’s a film that luxuriates in its eccentricity and is so self aware as to become frustrating. The picture is undoubtedly enjoyable, with some frenetic action sequences punctuated by slick direction and a healthy dose of side-splitting gags. Its a pity that the once funny jokes eventually wear thin and the third act is marred by abysmal CGI. Bullet Train is a fun ride; I just wish the journey wasn’t quite so turbulent.