• TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★

    Kept thinking how much money this must have cost and how uncompromisingly uncommercial the whole thing is. Also, that ending is bold, sir.

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    ★★★★★

    Features one of the best action scenes of all time

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★

    A bit more fun the second time when you're onboard with what it's going for, and you're only half paying attention.

  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    Improves on a second viewing and just absolutely flawed me emotionally. Campaigning for Mescal as the underdog Oscar winner.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★

    Love the commitment to tone and aesthetics but the story is too plodding and the central mystery around an informant is nowhere near as interesting or worthy of the stakes that the film builds around it.

  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

    Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

    ★★½

    Kids...

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, contemplative, poetic. Adored this.

  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

    Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

    ★★½

    OTT Javier Bardem steals the film from a singing crocodile

  • Black Adam

    Black Adam

    ★½

    Abysmal. Never has filmmaking looked like such hard work.

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★★

    Quietly powerful storytelling outwardly escalating from its quaint, hilarious folk tale premise into something deeply meloncholy and profound. It became, for me at least, a wrenching cautionary tale that measures the value of connection, friendship and emphapy against the gnawing weight of mortality and legacy. Brilliant performances all around. The most I've laughed in the cinema in a long time. I adored this.

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★

    Perhaps knowing too much going in impacted my score here but with an incredible set up and initial tense unfolding of mysterious goings-on (and a fun switch up), the third act's black comedy and gross-out violence lacks the precision of prior acts and turns something original and terrifying into random silliness.

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★★★½

    Watched this and Barbarian over a couple of nights, appreciating how both pushed its characters into clearly perilous situations whilst absolutely selling the reasoning behind it. And, like Barbarian, the less you know the better. But even with pre-knowledge of how events unfold, this is a stylish, tense and fun thriller with particularly game leads chewing on the material.