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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    A fulsome and robust apology for the dreck that was Rogue Nation, Fallout sees Christopher McQuarrie take action directing to levels that must surely have Danny Boyle and Barbara Broccoli feeling ever so slightly like shitting themselves. Helped in no small part by Lorne Balfe's occasionally Zimmeresque score, McQuarrie hews eerily close to Christopher Nolan here, his shot choices and editing taking this franchise way beyond anything it had ever previously promised. The connective tissue between the set pieces is,…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Long, dumb and full of fun: as much as these things are starting to look more and more like Pixar films, and as much as they're increasingly uninterested in what it means to be superhuman (or, indeed, human), and as much as Thor's storyline here drags on for an unnecessarily long time, I can't help but have a good time with them. It's just a blast to spend time with all these characters, and almost everyone gets a satisfyingly balanced…

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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★

    OK, props to Chazelle for the evocation of 1960s home-movie Americana, rockets that look like tin cans which creak unnervingly on the launchpad and scream like banshees when they're exploded into space, and a final act that achieves a genuinely awesome realism. And the sense that this is a mission destined for catastrophic failure is palpable throughout. So the question is why Neil Armstrong was so resolute in pressing ahead with it, and the answer is... uh... hmm.

    We must…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★

    Like a violent Knight Rider if K.I.T.T. was driving The Hoff instead of the other way round. I realise that sounds awesome but Logan Marshall-Green is no Hoff.

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  • Oblivion

    Oblivion

    ★★★

    If you're the kind of person who liked Moon but a) needed every single piece of information explained to you at length and b) didn't think it had enough explosions or Tom Cruise in it, then Oblivion is for you.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★★

    Like Krypton itself, Man Of Steel collapses under the weight of its own excesses, its hollow core the cause of its doom. It's beyond saving.

    That said, fat Laurence Fishburne outjogging a collapsing skyscraper is proper lolz.