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  • Death in the Terminal

    Death in the Terminal

    ★★½

    Seems callous to say this left me wanting more but there you have it.

  • Machines

    Machines

    ★★

    The more I think about Machines the more it irks me. It seems so content in its ineffectiveness.

    Scattered thoughts:

    Keeping in the end sequence where workers challenge the filmmakers is necessary but that seems to be the extent of self-reflection.

    It's a strikingly shot film about factory workers with an inherent anti-Modi sentiment which ends less with a rally cry than a weary shrug.

    It plays around with anonymity (the 'union boss' anecdote) but then indulges in it: that…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★½

    Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.

    The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    I'm not entirely sure what this film thinks it is, throwing so much shit at the wall and hoping something profound sticks. I do know, though, that without that really good drum score it would have been a whole lot more dull to sit through; we witness the process of the film figuring itself out, messily and unconvincingly over its far too long runtime.

    Norton was great, if you want to tackle self-obsession and ego in art and theatre, make…