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  • Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

    Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

    ★★

    I worship at the Tower of Song, but...

    One-third egotistic handjob, one-third dreadfully boring tribute concert, one third the words spake by genius.

    I never want to hear Bono's opinions on anything ever again. What I do want to hear are the words and melodies of Leonard Cohen performed by the man himself, not a bunch of devotees who suddenly had a gap in their touring schedules. (Though to be fair, Antony's rendition of 'If It Be Your Will' is…

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★

    Rewatch.

    The present day stuff is even sillier, the novel scenes are even more tense and brutal, and the tonal shifts are even more astonishing in their callousness. So odd, but never less than compelling.

    MVP: Three-way tie between Taylor-Johnson, Shannon and DoP McGarvey

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★

    It was round about the point when Natalie Portman stuck her big toe in Christian Bale's mouth that any suspicions that Terrence Malick was taking the piss were confirmed.

    If you thought Olga Kurylenko's spinning act in To The Wonder was grating, brace yourselves. This is absolute tosh, an airy and fanciful snore that sees Malick at his most shallow, both thematically and stylistically. (Hollywood is a soul-withering cesspool? *insert Nicolas Cage 'You don't say' meme here*)

    Lubezki gives it…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...

    It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.

    Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…