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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    "I get to be him but he doesn't get to be me, does that seem fair to you?"

    Kind of amazing how you're chuckling along with that last phone call, right before it thrusts you into the reality of what's happening. It's a move you expect from Spike Lee, but I don't think I've ever felt the energy of an audience go from so delighted to so devastated in such a short few minutes.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★

    Brilliantly paced but a convoluted plot, rehashed action, and two diluted villains to get caught between really brought the whole thing down for me. The helicopter chase drags on, Ilsa’s arc and the broker feel like they’re just there to add hollow conflict, and Henry Cavill can’t act to save his life.

    I do love how much of it feels like a spiritual successor to my favourite instalment in the series though - the third. It’s almost like an echo…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★½

    As a casual fan, I just wanted this to be a good new addition to the saga, and that it was. Kylo Ren was probably the most interesting character to me, there seems to be real complexity and conflict there under the surface and I wanna see where it goes.

    There's plenty to nitpick in the story, but at least it was a fun ride.

  • Active Measures

    Active Measures

    ★★★

    It’s so overwhelmingly dense with names, events, non-stop talking, and background music, you almost get lost in the minutia by the end. Which is a shame because what feels like a very directed argument and build up in the first half ends up getting lost in the pile of images and words being thrown at you. It does put together a pretty convincing idea of what a Russian playbook for this kind of thing might be in that first half…