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  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★½

    66/100

    People are mentioning Cluzot, Hitchcock and Gone Girl in relation to this, and not without good reason (Cluzot is even mentioned expressly in it at one point) but, rather alarmingly, I also saw a lot of Desperate Housewives, and Big Little Lies in it as well, in its look, feel and plotting.

    Paul Feig can really direct women. Bridesmaids was silly but funny (and given a lot of soul by him and its’ mainly female cast), Spy added a…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★

    Oh come fucking on already!! Pleeeeeeease! Glib, predictable, contrived and quite dishonest. Brie is great though.

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    83/100

    If films are judged according to how often and how well they hit their apparent targets (and they should), then Dunkirk is near flawless. Nolan has explained that he wanted to portray the rescue mission of allied troops from France at the beginning of WWII not as a traditional war film but as a thriller, a tale of suspense and survival, and he has managed to do exactly that Even for a film telling a well known story, this…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    35/100

    Oh dear, this is not very good is it? I havent read Ernest Cline’s 2011 hit book on which this is based but its hard to imagine that it’s any less hackneyed than the film. The book is supposed to be a fan letter to ’80s pop culture, set in a world where icons from movies, games and TV became real. But the film, though at times technically pretty impressive (of course it is, come on its Spielberg), is…