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  • Vertigo
  • Fat City
  • Downsizing
  • Eyes Wide Shut

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  • Prey

    ★★★½

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

  • Uncharted

    ★★★

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★½

    Without having a singular moment or idea that I really loved, this is still a remarkably satisfying watch. A cool idea, set among a comanche tribe, a female lead that adds a light touch of modern freshness to the premise, and a plot that doesn't over-reach itself. It's the joy of watching an elegant, thoughtful, well-crafted piece of drama that isn't fighting against itself or battling plot weaknesses. It's a piece that isn't desperately sophisticated but seems at peace with…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★½

    I find it easier to treat these franchise films like sport. Director Trevorrow puts in a sub-par performance wrangling an ageing team in a franchise that is distinctly out of form... etc.

    I love film as a visual medium - this looks utterly bland and the cinematography and particularly the editing seems almost completely arbitrary and just artless. The effort went in to sets and contracts and maybe covid protocols, but not where to put the camera and how to…

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  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★½

    A milquetoast biopic of the star double-act on their final tour of England and Ireland, and a sentimental tribute to their legend. The look of the film is bland but effective - they sure do look like those people did. I found the drama a little forced, as if all the characters ever wanted to talk about was their past careers or the exposition of the weak dramatic beats that form the weak narrative.

    What I don't like is the…

  • Body Heat

    Body Heat

    ★★★★½

    A steamy affair between a small-town lawyer and a wealthy broker's wife turns into murderous intent, as they scheme to murder her husband with calamitous consequences. It's classic noir without the Hays code restrictions, arguably the sort of film that could only exist towards the end of Hollywood's auteur-driven period.

    Not that I consider Lawrence Kasdan much of an auteur - this is driven by the chemistry between William Hurt and Kathleen Turner which seems frankly quite extraordinary. This is…