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  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★

    Mesmerising, emotionally exhausting and hammer-blow of truth filmmaking from Zuławski, eliciting good-GOD performances from Adjani, Neill and Bennent which seem to draw as much from physical theatre techniques as from film acting, and the picture is all the better for it. 

    The way Zuławski and his crew stage, frame and design this thing should be taught in film schools — division is in this film’s DNA, in every frame, not to mention in its very location. It’s a stunning, ferociously original, unpredictable, singular movie.

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    ★★★

    I’ll admit: that first shot of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor striding onto a freeway and blasting off grenade pellets gave me chills.

    The rest of this film is a greatest hits mixtape, a reunion special and a sometimes sincere, sometimes cynical, sometimes clumsy attempt to leverage 2019’s “future is female” zeitgeist — when it works, it’s a joy; when it doesn’t, it’s eye-rolling... but, surprisingly, it’s more often the former.

    Hamilton and Arnold are the reasons to see this for…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    The best new movie I've seen in over two years. Time bears out such claims, but my waters are telling me this is a genuine masterpiece. Bong's been making excellent films for nigh on two decades, but he's on a whole new level with this, a crystallisation of his entire career to date. A dazzlingly designed, tonally audacious and devastating dissection of late-capitalism class tension, wrapped up in an irresistibly entertaining multi-genre package, fronted by the peerless Song Kang-Ho, but, hell, everyone is pitch perfect here. Wow.

  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    Initially interesting but increasingly meandering doc-xperiment feels ickier and less ethical as it wears on. What's more, its attack on assumed audience bloodlust is aimed in a way as to fundamentally misunderstand art's role in helping us make some semblance of sense of the senseless.