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  • Boogie Nights
  • All That Jazz
  • Beau Travail
  • The Insider

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  • Elvis

    ★★★½

  • Dark City

    ★★½

  • Little Children

    ★★★

  • Shelter

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    aka THE LAST MOVIE (STAR)

    As religious an experience as I'll probably ever have in a cinema. I mean I literally wrote my dissertation on Cruise and this is his ultimate monument; a confident, loud declaration that he's the best movie star to ever do it and then an exhilarating, otherworldly demonstration of why. Kosinski is one of our finest directors of all-caps MOVIES; he understands the power of images, the importance of spectacle and the weight of heroism. His…

  • Conversations with Friends

    Conversations with Friends

    The source material is my favorite of Rooney's and one of my favorite books full-stop, so naturally I had some wariness going into this but I think it really pulls the adaptation off. It doesn't feel as probing or complex as the novel does, but a lot of that is just down to the richness of Frances' inner monologue which naturally can't translate fully to the screen. It's probably not as good as Normal People but that's just down to…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    The worst film I've seen this year, and a genuine insult to Freddie Mercury's legacy. It's The Greatest Showman of 2018 in that it's a piece of glossy, overproduced, revisionist garbage that's totally dishonest in the portrayal of its subject. At least in this one the songs are good.

    You'll notice in the opening credits that Brian May and Roger Taylor are credited as producers, and their influence is obvious. They're portrayed as the glue of responsibility that holds the…

  • WandaVision

    WandaVision

    ★½

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

    ROAD BEYOND ENDGAME: Part 24

    The announcement of Wandavision as the MCU's first official TV show was an interesting prospect for multiple reasons, first and foremost being that TV would presumably allow Marvel to finally branch out and try something different, removed from the pressures having to produce a four-quadrant theatrical blockbuster. Though their placement within the MCU is now shaky at best, the Netflix Marvel shows at least achieved this; they may have been riddled with bloat but they…