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  • Intolerable Cruelty

    ★★★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

  • Emergency

    ★★★

  • In Good Company

    ★★★½

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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

    There’s a moment in Roman Holiday, roughly two thirds of the way through, that always sticks in my mind. Hepburn and Peck have just spent an afternoon sightseeing in Rome, and are about to go dancing by the river. Off camera we hear a horse-drawn carriage, and our couple both turn to look at it. Peck twists back to meet Hepburn’s eyes, which light up instantly as she flashes her million-dollar smile. He asks her a wordless question, and her…

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★★

    Ridiculous? Oh yes. Provocative? Most definitely. Gratuitous? Abso-fucking-lutely. In other words, exactly what you’d expect from Paul Verhoeven!

    Joking aside, this one was a hell of a ride, and a great way to cap off my viewing at this years London Film Festival. I can definitely see why the Catholic Church have a problem with Benedetta, protesting outside its world premiere last month. Then again, their protests are often a good advert for a wild viewing experience, and that's the…

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  • Intolerable Cruelty

    Intolerable Cruelty

    ★★★★

    Intolerable Cruelty might just be my most underrated Coen Brothers picture. George Clooney is never better than when he’s starring in one of their films, and this one has a case to be his career highlight. He perfectly embodies the duo’s personal brand of eccentric comedy, filling his performance here with amusing little ticks and that uniquely rhythmic line delivery. Opposite him, Catherine Zeta-Jones also shines - a brazen gold-digger who reveals genuine emotional depth beneath all that glamour. Together,…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    I’m still digesting the cinematic insanity that is Everything Everywhere All at Once. Talk about a sensory experience. At times, it felt like I was playing catch up with the most mind-bending of riddles. Especially early on, I was only barely keeping up with the rapid yet creative exposition dumps for this massive adventure through genre. Fortunately, once the film found its footing, or rather, once I did, I was completely swept up by the endlessly creative possibilities it provides.…

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    Early on in Spencer, there’s a brief shot that sums up all the fragility we have come to associate with the tragic Princess Diana. Clad in characteristic high fashion, the titular royal trudges across a muddy field just outside of Sandringham Estate. Captured in long shot, she seems jarringly out of place against the landscape, the vast grey sky and muddy earth engulfing her dainty figure. Her chic footwear clearly struggles against the unrelenting Norfolk surface; a head-over-heels tumble seems…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

    ‘Style over substance’ is a label that frequently gets aimed at Edgar Wright. Rather unfairly I often think; there’s frequently so much more to his films than pure aesthetics. Few directors understand how to lean into genre tropes quite so affectionately, and he usually pulls it off with such spirit. Last Night in Soho, however, is the closest I’ve come to agreeing with such a claim.

    Not that there isn’t a lot to like mind. It’s clearly ultra-stylish, bringing the…