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  • Short Term 12
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Sunshine

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  • The Outlaws

    ★★★½

  • Vikram

    ★★★★

  • Wolfwalkers

    ★★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

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  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    I have such a love for this movie. It’s shot gorgeously, the visual effects are phenomenal, the cast are incredible. The stakes are high, and the way the tension rises so consistently is excellent. The third act genre shift doesn’t bother me like it does some—though it was the first time I’d seen something so jarring in a movie before. The reason beyond all of that that this sticks with me, is that it was the first serious movie I…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

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

    This is my favourite Star Wars. It’s incredibly thematically strong, visually astounding, and full of beautiful character moments. 

    The bomber sequence is maybe the best opener a Star Wars has had. It’s gorgeously shot, has clear and high dramatic stakes. And it has weight, showing the loss of life in a way that Star Wars hasn’t done before—not just as narrative, but someone’s fault. It also criticises the fly-fast-shoot-first attitude that the heroes in these movies tend to have.

    Which…

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  • The Outlaws

    The Outlaws

    ★★★½

    A pretty solid, if slightly over-long, cops vs gangster movie. Some good knife fights throughout, and it’s always incredibly satisfying to see Ma Dong-seok punch someone really hard.

  • Vikram

    Vikram

    ★★★★

    After loving RRR, I thought I should at least check out a few more Indian films (in this case Kollywood instead of Tollywood), and Vikram was one name I saw mentioned that was currently showing at the cinemas, so I decided to go. It’s definitely no RRR, but honestly what movie stands a chance to equal that? Instead it’s a crime drama, as a group of off-the-book cops hunt a killer targeting policemen. But it’s also three hours long, so about…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    This is a powerfully good sci-fi film. Even after multiple viewings, its ending is just as strong as it was the first time. And the rest of the film isn’t reliant on the ending—the ending is reliant on it, on the building blocks laid carefully by the rest of the film, and my god are those solid building blocks. It’s not about an alien invasion and action, it’s an exploration of language, time, and love. Shot and scored beautifully, directed…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Most of the best sci-fi movies succeed by taking the extraordinary and grounding it in deep, relatable emotions that everyone connects with. Arrival, Interstellar, Wall-E. Whatever your enjoyment, you can’t argue the emotional core is there in all of them. Everything Everywhere All At Once does this to an incredible degree. It takes the multiverse—seemingly the movies’ favourite thing right now—and ignores the giant concepts, instead focusing on Michelle Yeoh’s Evelyn, and how it affects her and her family, packing…