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  • Starfish

    Starfish

    ★★★½

    There's a whole load of "this is my first indie film so of course I have to have Sigur Ros on the soundtrack" going on in Starfish, but there's also a lot to admire too. Like, the overall tone of the film is this wonderful mishmash of Upstream Colour and Gareth Edward's Monsters and for a first time filmmaker, those are really good marks to hit. And I'll be honest, I found the third-act library trip to be genuinely exciting…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    In terms of action, John Wick is to fighting what Mad Max: Fury Road is to driving.

  • Deadwood: The Movie

    Deadwood: The Movie

    ★★★

    I was sobbing when this film finished. Such a lovely bit of fan service. Giving everyone a few minutes of screen-time, just enough to pay off character storylines from almost two decades ago.

    But then the next day, I realised how unsatisfying it actually was. Most importantly, the Hearst storyline is left completely unresolved. In fact, it's left in a place that had been used as the inciting incident for the revenge plot from season 3.

    So it's uneven fan service. Which is about as good as a Deadwood fan could have hoped for.

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    "I'll just watch a few minutes of Jaws before bed"

    <Watches all of Jaws before bed>

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★

    I’m not a Bob Dylan fan so  watching this felt like half a good concert movie and half an in-joke that I wasn’t privy to.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    The trailer made it look like Ari Aster was just going to be straight-up jacking The Wicker Man, but I went along to see this anyway, hoping he'd do something interesting with it.

    Nope.

    Not only did he not do anything interesting, it turns out he was straight-up jacking the Nicolas Cage version of The Wicker Man.

    Here's my prediction: Ari Aster is gonna have a Shyamalan-like critical reckoning in the next ten years that's gonna make film Twitter finally sick up their shroom-drinks and realise Aster is a goddamn charlatan.

  • Ronin

    Ronin

    ★★★

    Accents so bad they’re bordering on racist.

  • Creed II

    Creed II

    ★★

    At a certain point in Creed II the scummy "hey don't blame me, I just work here" boxing promoter tries to convince Adonis to take the fight by saying "The belt ain't enough. You need a narrative. Something that sticks to the ribs."

    For a film that spends so much time talking about the importance of a good narrative and carving your own legacy, it's got more than a whiff of those Disney live-action remakes about it. Soulless and unnecessary.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    For the type of film it's going for, this is pretty perfect.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    Warts and all, this is a perfect end to a remarkable feat of cinematic storytelling/franchise servicing.

  • The Fugitive

    The Fugitive

    ★★★

    This is 100% Tommy Lee Jones’s film.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    I know a lot of people have been saying how, for a DC film, this isn’t so bad, but I honestly felt like everyone involved in this film should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.