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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    I'm not the world's biggest Bong Joon-ho fan (loved Memories of Murder, liked The Host and Okja, didn't care for Snowpiercer and Mother) but there's no doubt he's one of the bigger filmmaking talents working today. With Parasite he's pretty much worked towards all his strengths and delivered one of the most creative, entertainingly bonkers films I've ever seen.

    I haven't had great experiences with a couple of the recently super-hyped South Korean films (The Wailing, The Handmaiden), but this…

  • Rocky II

    Rocky II

    ★★★½

    While lacking the magic of its predecessor, despite sticking to almost the exact same formula, Rocky II manages to entertain and engage due its excellent established characters. Sly doesn't have as strong a handle on the reins as Avildsen did, but the sheer likability of Rocky always keeps it afloat and the actual fight might be even better than the first.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    I don't think I've ever had an experience in the cinema like the one I had with Whiplash. I sweated, I chewed all my fingernails off and when it finished I found it hard to walk out due to constantly straining all my muscles! This is an exercise in sustained tension the likes you would never expect to find in a film about music.

    The craft on hand in Whiplash is of the highest order. Damien Chazelle is a hugely…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    David Fincher doing a movie about psychopaths; probably one of the most strangely successful tags you could put to a film. Fincher's slick style and technical ability just seems to lend itself to producing thoroughly absorbing and involving films featuring the most nightmarish of people and plots.

    I do have to say I thought Gone Girl dragged a bit towards the end. I couldn't figure out how it would end and then it seemed like it never would! But I…