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  • The Ascent
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  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★

  • The Edge

    ★★★★½

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

  • Old Henry

    ★★★★

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    Admirably complex, nuanced and adult for a big Ridley Scott swords & castles blockbuster, the discourse about this woefully misreads it.
    Obviously it is about rape culture, but the main subject seems to be class - class tensions and assumptions play a key role at more or less every juncture, and women are basically designated as a sort of privileged underclass in this world. They are accorded the rights of property, no less.
    As a movie, it indulges Scott's fetish for…

  • The Edge

    The Edge

    ★★★★½

    One of the great, underseen thrillers of the 1990s.
    Directed by an efficient journeyman, as it should be, all the better to put the emphasis on David Mamet's script which manages to (barely) hide an interrogation of class and masculinity inside a Man vs Bear movie. Also: a great Man vs Bear movie.
    A Top 5 Hopkins performance, bringing the best out of Baldwin, although Bart the Bear absolutely steals the show.
    Great Jerry Goldsmith score, a few great actions scenes, loads of great, quotable lines. "What one man can do, another can do!"
    Mamet's title was BOOKWORM, which would have been so much better...

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    Instantly announcing itself as one of the great Los Angeles films, Nightcrawler does so many things so well. It is a gripping, utterly atmospheric thriller. It features the best performance of Jake Gyllenhal's career. It says some scary, hilarious things about the way the current US Economic situation demands a certain amorality and even creates and rewards sociopaths. And it looks absolutely beautiful.
    That is mainly down to veteran cinematographer Robert Elswit, who together with debutant director Dan Gilroy (brother…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    So everybody needs to stop grousing about the origin template in superhero films. Most genres have a template; it's just that this particular (hybrid) genre has only really grown up in the last decade and a half, and been exhaustively analysed and measured and broken down and weighed in every conceivable way.

    So we all know what the origin formula looks like. We've seen it a dozen times before (at least). What Doctor Strange does is similar to what Ant…