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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

    If you would have told me five years ago that the screenwriter of 'The Last Exorcism Part II' would go on to become one of the most promising directors in Hollywood, I would have never believed you.

    Josh Singer's screenplay deconstructs the greatest achievement in human history by placing its focus on the man rather than the mission. Smartly developing the Armstrong family so that when the inevitable happens we are invested despite being aware of the outcome.

    Frequent collaborator,…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★★

    Possibly the most important commercial film that I have seen in many years. Beautifully performed, gorgeously shot & incredibly poignant. Bradley Cooper's directorial debut is a revelation. The onscreen dynamic he shares with Lady Gaga is miraculous with both performers complimenting each other, perfectly. 

    As you may have noticed, I haven't been writing a lot recently. My trips to the cinema have fallen by the wayside with my love for the recent Hollywood product extinguishing like a lit candle. I suppose…

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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    Drew Goddard really needs to explain his fascination with one-way mirrors.

    Due to its nonlinear narrative, large ensemble and killer soundtrack, Tarantino comparisons have naturally ensued. Perhaps, 'Bad Times at the El Royale with Cheese' would have been a more appropriate title? Nonetheless that shouldn't distract you from the fact that this is an incredibly rewarding sophomore effort from one of Hollywood's hottest commodities.

    As proven by the ridiculously long running time and deliberate pace, Goddard has clearly been given…

  • You're Next

    You're Next

    ★★★★

    People are continually calling for strong female leads yet Sharni Vinson's incredible performance in 'You're Next' goes widely amiss. It's a travesty that she never went on to bigger things as her performance here is a staple of modern horror.

    I liked this when I originally saw it back in 2013 but on my first rewatch, I have grown to appreciate the visceral nature and explicit violence that Wingard depicts. Unlike many genre films, I actually found what was presented…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm not here to complain and create any animosity amongst the 'Star Wars' fan base. If you read this and don't like what I have to say then please don't verbally abuse me. Film is subjective and if you like 'The Last Jedi', I respect that. I wish that I was able to share your enthusiasm. Unfortunately, I feel that it is the worst entry in the franchise to date. If you honestly believe that I have some sort of…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    Denis Villeneuve has made the impossible, possible. I have made no secret of the adoration I feel for Ridley Scott's 1982 opus. The original 'Blade Runner' is the greatest science-fiction film of all time. Surely a sequel that comes within touching distance of replicating such quality seems unfathomable? With a director like Denis at the helm, expectations are already inflated. Any preconceptions that you may have had are irrelevant. Nothing can prepare you for the literal perfection that ensues.

    Villeneuve's…