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Still from Joe Dante’s Gremlins (1984)

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★

    The creatures are great and there is fun to be had but too derivative and dull for the most part. Hiddleston is miscast and Larson is wasted.

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★

    Beautiful camera work and terrific leads cannot save a film that feels progressively mechanical and uninspired. At its best in the first act.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★½

    This is a film that is hard to review. There is a LOT going on here. There is a stunning sound design that really throws you off kilter. Add to this several quite uncomfortable scenes that are very quesy and disturbing. The first hour is the film at its best, freewheeling along in a loose way. There is a more conventional narrative turn in the second half which loses some of the tension which to be honest was entirely necessary.…

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★½

    Oh if only the the 30 odd minutes were as good as the first hour. In that hour we get a shattering manifestation of grief, isolation and possibility of not loving (or even liking) your own child. The tension, creeping terror and sadness of that hour give way perhaps inevitably to the seen horrors.

    And while the horror of the Babadook is well realised it doesn't have the impact you would hope for. The last act (particularly the final 10 minutes) drain the film of its power. But see it for that extraordinary first hour when it looked like a modern classic in the making.