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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    Based on his previous films, I went into this film expecting Luca Guadagnino to nail the tone and the atmosphere you'd want from a Suspiria remake, but to also quietly fluff over the more genre-y aspects. Wavy hands woo they might be witches wavy hands woo or they might not.

    And yes, the tone and atmosphere of this film are perfect, piling on the little details to really make every inch of the film feel like an artefact of 1970's…

  • Skyscraper

    Skyscraper

    I have a pretty high tolerance for garbage films but this one really strained my limits.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    If you were to draw a venn diagram of three of my favourite films — Rocky, Full Metal Jacket and The Social Network — right in the middle you’d find Whiplash. In the same way that Jaws isn’t really a film about a shark, this isn’t really a film about drumming. It’s a film about obsession. It’s a film about drive and being driven. It’s a film about sacrifice.

    There’s so much to like about this film. The performances from…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★

    If Casino Royale was a post-Bourne Bond, then Skyfall is most certainly a post-Tinker Tailor Bond. For a modern blockbuster, the pace is positively glacial, and for the first time in years, we see Bond engage in actual spycraft. This is a welcome relief to the exhausting parkour and shooting that so dominated the previous films.

    What's not so welcome, though, is the fact that Sam Mendes has delivered an origin story not for the modern, 21st century Bond, but…