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  • Dear White People

    Dear White People

    ★★★½

    Although this prototype of the TV show is a little rough around the edges, the passionate spirit behind the viewpoint characters shines through.

  • Unsane

    Unsane

    ★★★½

    And that marks the second time that I've been surprised Damoned. The law of diminishing returns does not apply here. Fingers crossed this trend continues.

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  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★½

    "Shitter Island"

    To his credit, Verbinski frames his narrative with a vivid, multisensory environment. Sadly, he can't help but colour outside the lines. For what A Cure for Wellness lacks in procedural focus, it makes up for in rich, texturally grotesque imagery. However, the magnetism of it's superficial elements (cinematography and sound design) are undercut by a messy, directionless plot that doesn't so much culminate, but instead just... ends. I love puzzles, but this one's missing too many pieces to…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    A triangular power play set in a Wittgensteinian nightmare, Ex Machina is an obtuse thought experiment disguised as your average sci-fi thriller. Conceptually akin to Spielberg's A.I., and visually drawn from the works of H.R. Giger, it's conceived through inspiration, while pushing its own boundaries. Somewhere in the superficial reaches of high concept sci-fi, this Philip K Dick brain child takes a cookie cutter structure, and elevates it to a riveting game of cat-and-mouse. Ex Machina constantly addresses its own…