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  • The Platform

    The Platform

    ★★★★

    This debut sci-fi horror-thriller from Spanish filmmaker Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia functions competently as a disturbing parable. It transports an intriguing storyline by manipulating the levels of the tower as a metaphor for varied and distinct social groups, and the absence of context offered for the imaginative community experiment amplifies the curiosity and provides it with a distinguishable conception to many other visions of dystopian futures.

    The film does not consume any of its runtime on delicateness or restraint but instead audaciously…

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★★

    This Pixar Animation, directed by Dan Scanlon, capably arouses feelings of sympathy as well as gratitude and is their first original film since Coco. Set in a residential fantasy world where there's still a slight amount of magic left, and with the process of losing someone at its nucleus, it follows two elf brothers who attempt to spend one day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him clearly.

    Tom Holland and Chris Pratt (voicing…

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★½

    Unravelling in a future post-apocalyptic world, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind grapples successfully with some arduous themes such as pacifism together with some environmental concerns. It’s confidently told in broad strokes with some fantastic world design, and Nausicaä is a bold and adventurous leading character who makes great efforts to point out that compassion and empathy are more desirable to military action between two warring kingdoms.

    Adapted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, with the events here roughly resembling…

  • A Hard Day's Night

    A Hard Day's Night

    ★★★★★

    The Beatles left behind not only an incredible discography they also presented the world with this excellent debut movie which has been celebrated deservedly from the moment it first hit the movie screens in the summer of 1964. It contains all the energy and vitality of their initial prominence and presents a fictionalised account of thirty-six hours in the lives of the group, and while it's inevitably a product of its period, it's nonetheless strangely unaffected by the passage of…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    1917 is an emotionally harrowing and memorable experience. It’s a movie in which Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) utilises long takes to give the impression of it being one continuous shot, as opposed to an authentic one-shot movie such as Sebastian Schipper’s magnificent Victoria. The trick/gimmick very quickly becomes subordinate however as the story itself is so absorbing, but it’s nonetheless an extraordinary feat, and the crew spent months harmonising shots and sequences so that everything would be…

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    Accompanied by some tour-de-force performances from Peter Sellers, three of his most remarkable roles in a single film, Dr Strangelove is a delightful parodying of Cold War anxieties of a nuclear confrontation. Directed, produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick to hellaciously sidesplitting extents in both apparent means as well as in the more nuanced flippancy in the dialogue, this stands as one of Kubrick’s most significant accomplishments and includes some striking production designs by Ken Adam and editing from Anthony Harvey.

    It's…