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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★½

    46/100

    For her sophomore effort, Kent has chosen a historical revenge thriller of sorts (it is really about white entitlement and colonialism), swapping the supernatural heebie-jeebies of The Babadook for and intense and relentlessly bleak rape-revenge drama that mostly feels like Ozploitation.

    Set in early 19th Century Tasmania, the story follows Clare (Franciosi), a young Irish convict woman (convicted of what, we’re not told) who is serving out her sentence abroad as a lackey for the British army. Her husband,…

  • Fulltime Killer

    Fulltime Killer

    ★★★½

    63/100

    Fulltime Story has little substance and a bloody lot of style. To once again shows that he is a master at filming elaborate, balletic action sequences in tight spaces, but also employs an even more kinetic style with the camera in almost perpetual motion with a considerable amount of dizzyingly exhilarating roving crane shots thrown in the mix for good measure. It boldly shakes up the genre formula of films about assassins (with riffs on films like Leon, Le…

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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 haven’t read Ernest Cline’s 2011 hit book on which this is based but it is 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…