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  • Escape Room

    Escape Room

    ★★★½

    "Hey, see—it's gonna be fun from now on. Now more scary shit."

    A simple and wildly unoriginal idea (this is the third film of this title in as many years), and yet another movie compromised by a flash-forward prologue—this almost always offers nothing to the audience but a compromise of suspense and surprise—but this wins out with superb set design, featuring intricately designed rooms with actually ingenious puzzles, as well as a cast of largely intelligent and capable characters to…

  • The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

    ★★★

    "There's a signal that's sent between vessels passing on the high seas... What ship? Where bound?"

    A portentously slow romantic drama, notable for a daring and rawly sympathetic turn from Miles and Douglas Slocombe's quite sumptuous cinematography, capturing cosy interiors in earth tones, cornflower blues and organic reds, and the turbulent Devon coastline and aureate sunsets, never shown to better effect than the opening credits, with almost static shots of carefully framed seascapes and lowering clouds, a gallery of scene-setting.…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    At times, exhilaratingly watchable... however - immediately narratively disorienting, with many fake-out moments and puerile video game plotting, while whiplash retcon revisionism destroys much engagement and gleefully contradicts previous continuity; cloying fan service and repeated motifs and music cues render everything - in general and in the moment - largely predictable, even as the story makes not the least bit of sense, either constructionally or thematically.

  • Gretel & Hansel

    Gretel & Hansel

    ★★★★

    HoopTober7.0, Day Nineteen.
    Category: Two Films From This Year (2 of 2).

    "I wonder how someone gets their own fairytale told about them."

    A slight plot, weaving itself tantalisingly into and out of the fairy tale, alluding to others, and concentrating always on the empowering and creative aspect of womanhood - and the dangers thereof, from without and within; but a layered script, carefully paced like poetry, and played with simple solemnity, with depth in the interpretation, a magic mirror…