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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    Everyone’s forgotten Marvel already made a successful superhero movie with a black lead actor, Blade (1998) with Wesley Snipes, but it’s fair to champion the “breakthrough” nature of Black Panther two decades later. It’s a comic-book movie where white actors are the minority, and everything’s predicated on the topsy-turvy fantasy of a African nation being the apex of mankind’s technological achievements. The fictional Wakanda is a Third World country ruled by a king who protects his people by donning a…

  • House

    House

    ★★★

    Nobuhiko Obayashi is a prolific Japanese filmmaker whose career’s gone largely unnoticed in the west, beyond the cult success of his debut feature House (1977), a deranged horror-comedy about a man-eating building. In the late-1970s, Toho studio wanted to emulate Jaws (1976) to pull Japanese cinema out of the doldrums, so Obayashi was commissioned to write a treatment inspired by his teenage daughter’s stories about various domestic horrors (like being devoured by her own reflection in a dresser mirror, or…

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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    Sorry, but this doesn't deserve the acclaim festooned upon it. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, I see. Amazing.

    TONI ERDMANN is a German drama miss-sold as a comedy (the lead actress even agrees), about an eccentric father with a love of disguises, who pays his estranged career-minded daughter a surprise visit, and proceeds to cause her great embarrassment.

    Good idea. FUNNY idea. They're going to remake this with Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson. So someone clearly thinks it's a comedy in…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★

    Lovely performances and an intriguing catalyst, but it doesn't really go anywhere all that interesting. 45 YEARS would've made a good television drama on ITV one Sunday. For some reason it's a movie.