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  • Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood
  • X
  • Happening
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

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  • Infinite

    ★½

  • The Story of O

  • Emmanuelle

    ★½

  • Operation Mincemeat

    ★★

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    Aside from all its fantasy trappings, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's written and directed Everything Everywhere All at Once is a film with some very down-to-earth concerns. The film's cast, dominated by the fabulous Michelle Yeoh, plays a substantial role in solidifying the strength of its narrative as it hauls both its audience and disenchanted Chinese American Evelyn Wong (Yeoh) through an interdimensional fracture that unravels reality. Yeoh sinks her teeth into the kaleidoscopic role of the overworked laundromat co-owner,…

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    The flawless attention to cinematic styles and horror tropes in the Ti West written and directed slasher film X provides the film to be something of a time capsule, reclaiming a bygone aesthetic without much modernisation or concern for contemporary tendencies in horror cinema. Set in Texas in the late-1970s, it portrays a group of six actors and filmmakers who embark on shooting a pornographic film on rural Texas property. As the group discusses their aspirations in their film achieving…

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  • Infinite

    Infinite

    ★½

    Mark Wahlberg's always been a more miss than hit type of actor, and Infinite, where he portrays a diagnosed schizophrenic with a history of violence, does nothing to redress that imbalance. Technically the failure of the science fiction actioner can't solely be laid at his feet, and in truth, the action genre has generally served him pretty well. Still, he doesn't do much to help offset all the outrageous absurdities and knee-jerk clichés inherent in the film. Directed by Antoine…

  • The Story of O

    The Story of O

    Story of O is the cinematic treatment from Emmanuelle director Just Jaeckin provided to Pauline Reage's 1954 classic of erotic literature Histoire d'O. Looking within the confines of a sadomasochistic relationship, it tells the story of O, a young woman played by Corinne Cleary - who became a Bond girl in 1979 in Moonraker. O permits her boyfriend to take her to a mysterious castle where she is made to submit to debauchery and torture to demonstrate the strength of her…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    So it's finally here, the reshot and retooled alternate version of the 2017 box office bomb Justice League. Now admittedly, Zack Snyder's films, along with those of Michael Bay, have never been able to fill me with joyous anticipation. Still, I've had protracted intentions of watching this after all the ridiculous and childish absurdities of the years of online campaigning of #ReleasetheSnyderCut. This campaign saw a loud and primarily obnoxious community insisting they were being denied access to a secret…

  • 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…