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  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★★

    The Beyond is a masterpiece of surreal, nightmarish horror and cruelty.

  • The Sinful Dwarf

    The Sinful Dwarf

    On a second watch, I've come to the realization that I kind of hate this film, even if I'm in awe of it.

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  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★★

    Speed holds up really well, and it's right up there with Con-Air and The Rock as one of my favorite American action-thrillers of the 90s. The best thing this film has going for it is the breakneck pacing, and the great casting choices, including a star-making role for Sandra Bullock, and the inspired and insane casting of Dennis Hopper as the mad bomber.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★★

    My favorite film of the year so far.

    It has so much heart, heaps of laughs, great comic direction and style from Taika Waititi, and really tremendous lead performances from Sam Neil and Julian Dennison, who plays the unforgettable Ricky Baker. After it was over I immediately wanted to buy another ticket and see it again, but the cinema was closing up. I'll be pre-ordering this as soon as I can, and forcing my family and friends to watch this throughout the next year.

    I saw it yesterday and I still have Ricky Baker's birthday song stuck in my head.