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  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • Winter's Bone
  • Duck Soup
  • Zama

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  • The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★½

  • The Holdovers

    ★★★

  • Poor Things

    ★★★★½

  • Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

    ★★★½

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  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★½

    You'll often hear a film hailed as a manifestation of authentic evil. Jonathan Glazer's THE ZONE OF INTEREST is a film that actually achieves this objective.

    Its first element is its source material, a Martin Amis novel of the same name, based on the family life of Rudolf Höss during the years 1940–44 when he was the commandant of the death camp at Auschwitz (Oświęcim) in Poland. Amis's novel has however been stripped back to its bare bones, with many…

  • The Holdovers

    The Holdovers

    ★★★

    It's poignant and at times funny, but it's no SIDEWAYS. The story both thrives on and suffers from its lack of a clear protagonist. Giamatti, Sessa and Randolph are all class, but this triumvirate can't mitigate the lengthy confusion of a final act that is both slow-paced and jam-packed, and seems unable to decide what points of the plot it's trying to pay off, instead lingering languidly on each in turn.

    While the setting of early 70s New England is…

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  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "It's our actions that define us. Not our words."

    So goes the refrain of the dead wife in Captain Fantastic, a fascinatingly bad film ultimately almost elevated by its dogged pursuit of that Dead Wife, capital letters, as a trope used to justify, exonerate and ultimately to restore and endorse what should properly be regarded as the regime of child abuse inflicted by its protagonist Ben (Viggo Mortensen).

    By this method, let's consider then just the action of the film.…

  • John Wick: Chapter 4

    John Wick: Chapter 4

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Don your kevlar business suit for what may be one of the very least "let people enjoy things" reviews you've read in a while.

    Allow yourself a moment to use the bathroom as well: it might take almost as long to read this as it takes to watch the fourth instalment in the JOHN WICK franchise.

    The press for JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 has uniformly focused on the "even bigger", "more intense", "increased scale" of the franchise's creative ambitions. They're…