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  • Short Term 12
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Wolfwalkers
  • Atomic Blonde

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  • The Ward

    ★★

  • 49th Parallel

    ★★★½

  • Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★½

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    What a fucking phenomenal film. Even splitting this over two days (had to go to a birthday party) I was still fully engaged the whole time. Excellently portrays the work these journalists did to uncover the story. One thing I love about investigative journalism stories like this, is that when the characters uncover some important information,  they react like humans—shock, excitement, exactly how the audience would react in that situation, which is something you don’t see as often in movies.…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★★

    This movie is the definition of fun. I love everything about it. It was one of the few DVDs I had travelling America at 13 years old, and there are still scenes that I can recite along with the characters. The swashbuckling in this is incredible. I walked down the aisle to the theme music! My wife had something a little more romantic for her entrance. It was my first time seeing Geoffrey Rush, and any movie I’ve seen him…

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  • The Ward

    The Ward

    ★★

    Real shame Carpenter’s career is ending with this. Plain, generic, styleless. Relying on loud music stings to support jump scares. A lead who is painfully unengaging—both on a performance and a script level—for the entire run of the movie. Nothing memorable throughout. Definitely won’t be revisiting this one at any point.

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  • 49th Parallel

    49th Parallel

    ★★★½

    Six Nazis are stranded in Canada when their submarine is blown up. They try to make their way to the American border (TIL America joined the war after Canada), and encounter various folk along the way.

    I was worried about this film possibly making the audience sympathise with Nazis. Don’t worry! Yes, they’re the protagonists, but you’re actively rooting against them, and they’re still shitty terrible people. However, they’re not made out to be pure monsters—they are humanised, but rarely…

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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    Injustice is something I truly hate. Films and novels are (generally) satisfying because you get to see the villain get their comeuppance, usually with a touch of irony. The real world, less so. But this film is all about injustice, and I adore it. It so perfectly illustrates how shit rolls downhill, how decisions are made long before the questions are asked, and how little power people have against those above them who abuse their own power. Such is the…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★½

    I cared more about Bond and Madeliene’s (Lea Seymour) relationship in this than Spectre. They have much better chemistry, and they’re allowed to just act like their characters have history together and love each other already—whereas in Spectre you have to watch them “fall in love” without anything to really convince you. So that helped me engage on a more emotional level with this one.

    It also helped that the rest of the movie surrounding it was really good. A mystery…