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  • Bad Boys for Life

    Bad Boys for Life

    ★★★

    SONY. Cinema
    2.39:1
    AXS-R7
    Color
    15

    “I'mma penetrate this man's soul wit my heart”

    Directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah bring this 90’s action franchise back to life with a relatively strong third entry after seventeen years of development hell. Bad Boy For Life is not as brash and visually commanding as it's predecessors, lacking considerably in that department of visual flair. However, the screenplay and charisma outshine what underwhelms, with terrific appeal and charm from the two…

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★

    Lionsgate. Cinema 
    2.39:1
    Color 
    Codex
    15

    ”This could kill Fox News!”

    Best described as this year's rendition of Vice. Bombshell is a flat, inconsequential and patronising look into the victims of one man's horrifying behaviour. There is one scene during this supposedly haunting film about the excruciating terror of Roger Ailes that will send shivers down the viewers spine. That scene aside, this feature is made up condescending soul searching that has a false crusade of highlighting Ailes and FOX’s…

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  • Underwater

    Underwater

    ★★★★

    20th Century Fox. Cinema
    2.39:1
    Color 
    Codex
    15

    It’s just dawned on me that every other year when a creature feature is released I get this form of hype that just takes over. Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Rampage, The Meg, and now Underwater. I just can’t get enough. It’s deliciously tense and atmospheric with tremendous camerawork that allows the film to breathe in all its density. Kristen Stewart is ONCE AGAIN outstanding with terrific range on…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★

    Warner Bros. Cinema
    2.39:1
    Color 
    CFast 2.0 ARRIRAW (3.4K) Codex ARRIRAW (3.4K)
    15

    ”I'm the one they should be scared of! Not you, not Mr J! Because I'm Harley Freaking Quinn!”  

    Even when Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor greatly impress, with the production design equally as outstanding throughout, director Cathy Yan and her film cannot break out of the comic book prison-system. Moreover, the queerbaiting this film inhabits is nothing short of hollow bullshit. Big business and monopolies are…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    Disney + Lucasfilm. Vue Extreme Cinema
    2.39:1
    Color 
    35mm + 65mm + Codex
    12
    2D

    “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to”

    Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is a bitterly disappointing, flat, tiresome, and ultimately disastrous attempt at wanting to stand out against the norm. The tone is completely utterly wrong for such a massively important episode in a franchise that needs to go darker and embrace it. It has no clue of what it wants to…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    Warner Bros. Cinema
    1.85:1
    Color 
    Codex
    15

    ”Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

    Phoenix is phenomenal. Dark, gritty & fucking crazy Joker is more on the lines of Mean Streets than Taxi Driver but is clearly heavily influenced on the latter. It all looks to be serving a masterclass, but Phillips stumbles in the last hurdle with the film not knowing if it wants to stand alone as its own entity or be enticed and constricted by the lore that surrounds it.

    80

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