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  • The Muppet Movie

    ★★★½

  • Red Notice

    ★½

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

  • Encanto

    ★★★★

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  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

    ★★★★½

    High Fidelity starts with John Cusack looking straight into the camera and delivering this monologue.

    What came first — the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns or watching violent videos; some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands —literally thousands — of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery, and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I…

  • To Singapore, with Love

    To Singapore, with Love

    ★★★★★

    To Singapore, With Love is an endearing portrait of real people who have been exiled from Singapore due to a multitude of reasons, all sharing the common thread of standing up against the Singapore Government in the 60s and 70s. Singapore’s dictatorial tendencies rears its ugly head and bares its fangs for all to see as we get personal insights from the victims of an oppressive system. There’s only so many films that really open your eye to the world…

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  • The Muppet Movie

    The Muppet Movie

    ★★★½

    Before meta filmmaking, there was The Muppet Movie. A mad cocktail of cameos, references and meta humour. The Muppet Movie may have been released in 1979, but it’s much closer to today’s film than something of its era. The Muppet Movie offers up some of the best songs within its franchise - The Rainbow Connection comes instantly to mind - and its that very innocence and wonder that’s captured in that first song that makes The Muppet Movie a cup of goodness that leaves you walking on clouds.

  • Red Notice

    Red Notice

    ★½

    The name of the game here is instant gratification. It’s all about generating interest and creating cool moments. That’s always been the selling point and the drawback for these A-list led Netflix-produced action flicks. Fast track everything. The plot, the explanations, the twist reveals, the character building. All for the sake of generating another moment. It’s all pay-off and no set-up. How else are films going to keep up with 15 second Tik-Toks? Even in the choice of actors and…

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    James Wan’s return to horror isn’t as triumphant as one would have hoped. Somehow, Wan comes off as an amateur with Malignant. A film that shows no understanding of tone, pacing, tension and atmosphere. Sandbagged by one of the worst scripts I’ve seen in a film in recent memory. One that offers pure exposition and a narrative that falls into every pitfall in storytelling. It seems that Malignant has no idea how cliched it is nor how expository it actually…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    London. A dreamy town of possibilities where dreamers go to pasture. The buzzing centre of the UK that’s not nearly as utopian as it sounds. There’s skeletons in the walls, in the ceilings, and hiding under the cobblestone streets. Last Night in Soho takes London and turns the city into a predatory nightmarish landscape where people are taken advantage of for chasing their dreams. Thoroughly entertaining and a visual treat watching Wright play with in-camera tricks to create fantastical scenes…