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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★½

  • Armageddon

    ★½

  • The 355

    ★★

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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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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

    Despite the lack of Scottish accents (seriously, they couldn’t even get one), and the ghostly, otherworldly sheen of the visuals, The Tragedy of Macbeth manages to capture the aura of Scotland, my home nation, remarkably well. Very grey, incredibly chilly, and undeniably beautiful.

    Looking more like an expressionist horror than a typical period drama, Joel Coen has delivered a striking addition into the pantheon of Shakespearian cinema. It’s comfortably the most visually stunning adaptation of Macbeth I’ve seen, perhaps even…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★½

    A Quiet Place remains one of the best and most memorable experiences I've had seeing a film in a cinema. The original premise and precise direction gave it lasting impact, so I'm happy to say that its sequel mostly lives up to those lofty expectations.

    Unnecessary? Perhaps, but John Krasinski returns to the hot-seat in pretty damn fine form. Picking up right where the story left off, he finds ways to still keep the plot exciting and threatening. They may…

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  • 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…

  • 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…