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  • Pale Rider

    Pale Rider

    ★★★½

    ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.’ But I do want. ‘He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul.’ But they killed my dog.

    At its core, Pale Rider is the story of how the murder of a poor defenseless dog by a ground of outlaws provoked God to unleash the fourth horseman of the apocalypse on the frontier, in the anthropomorphised form of Clint Eastwood.

    And there’s nothing wrong with that.

    “Stockburn and his men…

  • Maniac

    Maniac

    ★★★★

    Maniac is Inception meets Cloud Atlas, filtered through the lens of eighties retrofuturism.

    In other words, it feels like it was grown in a lab just for me.

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    On second watch, I’m just as impressed with the clockwork precision of putting together a movie on the scale of Infinity War.

    And just as frustrated at the lack of agency afforded to any of the characters within that machine.

    Early in Infinity War, it’s mentioned off-handedly that Thanos has “decimated” Xandar. On hearing Thor provide that exposition, it occurred to me that I cared more about John C. Reilly and Glenn Close’s characters from Guardians of the Galaxy than…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★

    We’re both exploiting these creatures. I just have the integrity to admit it.

    Although it may be damning with faint praise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is easily the best Jurassic Park movie since The Lost World, the film with which it shares the most of its DNA.

    Fallen Kingdom wears that particular influence on its sleeve; the basic premise of a bunch of contractors sent to an island to recover dinosaurs, the wealthy and sick old man funding the expedition,…