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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★½

    Hmm.. based on personal expectations alone, this was one of the most underwhelming cinema-going experiences of the year.

    My thoughts on this film are all over the shop, but at least I know from this feeling (an all too common one, rest assured) that on a pure enjoyment level, it failed the test. I'm not saying that all films have to be exciting, or even enjoyable necessarily, but if it doesn't grip you in some way, that's indicative of a…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★

    Overall, I had a good time with this one, but I do have my fair share of problems with it. Now, many PoC critics have talked about the racial politics of the film far more authoritatively than I could, but for what it’s worth, I think that Demi Adejuyigbe’s assessment of the film on this very site is bang on the money, and it effectively covers most of my thoughts on this film, and more succinctly too. Go read it.

    As…

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★½

    THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE NEWLY RELEASED 'FINAL CUT'.

    *** This is a tricky one to score. I’d never seen Apocalypse Now in any form before tonight, and considering that my critiques are pretty much solely edit-based, I can’t reliably draw from the well-established classic one (and not to mention the controversial Redux edit).

    Having, however, cursorily looked into what was left out in the original theatrical cut, I’d almost certainly rate that a perfect five stars. But I haven’t…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★½

    What starts off as a superbly slick, artsy home-invasion film with meaty symbolism galore soon ends up unravelling and showing too many of its cards, ending in a somewhat floundering finale.

    With the richness of performance, design, set-pieces, and miscellaneous Easter eggs on display here, the film could have worked perfectly as a straightforward, well-contained doppelgänger horror in which the fantastical elements are never literally explained and thus left open to interpretation.

    As it stands, the final act becomes bloated…