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  • One Thousand Ropes

    One Thousand Ropes

    ★★★½

    When hands can no longer serve a purpose.

  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting

    ★★★★

    "At least, it amused us at the time."

    A film that faces an impossible number of conceptual potholes that mixes dodging them and pointedly driving into them in equal measure, unexpectedly achieving some of its finest moments in the latter strategy. At its best, it's as giddy of a kick as you're likely to have in a cinema this year; its worst will vary wildly depending on your feelings about the enterprise, particularly in its choice to go deep into…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    Saw this weeks ago but been under NZ embargo, and suspect my reaction would be even more positive if I had written a review at the time and/or hadn't been worn down by the haters, who are legion and seem to take enormous pride in their position. I sincerely get that there are flaws in this film, and I have zero issue with someone filing their "not for me" review and moving on, but I also fully believe that there…

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★★

    But having rated it five stars, I'm not sure if I ever want to do this to myself again. It was my first time in the theater, and I forgot that on my previous viewing at home I paused a couple times (toilet break, water). In the theater, there is no escape, and I seriously contemplated fleeing a couple times, just because I found the film so effectively anxiety-inducing.

    ERASERHEAD is a miracle of sound design, of no-budget imagination, of…