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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    This is that rare thing, a perfect film. It never puts a single foot wrong.

  • Quartet for the End of Time

    Quartet for the End of Time

    ★★★

    It looks like Cuaron had some film stock and an actor and some money to make a film. All he lacked was an idea...

    Nice photography though.

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  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★

    It should have been one of the great tragic tales of cinema. The tale of an idealistic young man slowly transforming into the towering epic villain that we remembered from Star Wars. But Lucas didn't know how to write that transformation, and Christensen didn't know how to act it, so the character changes in awkward jump cuts instead of in a slow arc. This is true of Ian McDiarmid too, who is brilliantly convincing as the Chancellor but hammy as…

  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    ★★★½

    This film does not have anything original or unique to say; it's a fairly standard parable about the need for believing in something, and its ending will not surprise anyone at all. However, it successfully balances quirky Minnesota humour with existentialist despair in a way that is often moving and funny at the same time. It contains some beautiful photography and engaging performances. Also, there is a rabbit. Still, its lack of originality means that the slow pacing can feel unearned at times.

    This is not essential viewing but if you like oddball humour and cinematic beauty it's worth a look.