• Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    An efficient, meticulous piece that works as a combination of journalism movie, police procedural and murder mystery. It is never less than engrossing and perfectly paced despite the sheer amount of information dispensed as it spans decades. The cast, cinematography and score are first-rate, whilst the recreation of 1970's California is masterful and there are a number of truly chilling sequences. David Fincher captures obsession better than anyone here, how such a case can take over someone's life and how powerful the need for closure really is.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Parasite is one of the few recent films where the hype was justified. As someone who has found Bong Joon-ho's filmography inconsistent it is satisfying to see him produce something excellent, a film where his penchant for eccentric characters and tonal shifts are paired with a brilliantly tight storyline. It is a fascinating portrayal of economic inequality and how broken the class system is, shown with the Park's exploitative behaviour and the Kim's manipulative. Both capable of bad acts in…

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★

    A grim southern gothic that bites off more than it can chew. The story itself is messy and feels like a number of different stories awkwardly mashed together. There is little narrative focus which results in plotlines starting then stoping with little rhyme or reason, making it difficult to get invested. It tries to craft some thoughts on the repercussions of violence and religious corruption but it doesn't appear to have anything to say beyond surface-level statements.

    The cast is…

  • The Day Shall Come

    The Day Shall Come

    ★½

    A bizarre misfire from Chris Morris. Most importantly it just isn't funny (barely raising more than a couple of smirks from me) with bland dialogue and characters. The satirical elements felt both obvious and extremely shallow, and despite the relevant themes very little of note is done with them. Feels more like an insipid imitation of Morris than the real thing.

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★½

    Surely one of the most effective anti-war films ever made. A bleak, disturbing, at times surreal display of the worst of humanity and the destruction of youthful innocence that plays out like nightmare packed with haunting images of atrocity.