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  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★½

    Damn, this was bad. Right from the start there's just something off here, with the direction of the film almost too in love with its own characters, centering them in frame for these crescendo moments as they strike a pose, fawning over them to an embarrassing degree. It feels extremely amateur which I wasn't expecting, and then it's hindered by a turgid script that insists on beating you over the head with exactly what's happening or what's about to happen.…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely brilliant. Sumptuous visual style(s), bold story telling, wonderful voice work and a script that is lean, layered and funny all directed with style throughout. Just when you thought you'd had enough of Spider-man origin stories this somehow finds a way to make multiple origin stories essential viewing. If I have any complaints it's that some of the music was just noise to my ears (notably the song that closes the film). but even then the selections still feel right for the style and attitude of the visuals and overall direction.

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    I'm sad to say I kind of hated this. The selfish central character and her ambition stifling mother did not make for easy viewing and the generally aimless nature of a very normal coming of age tale left me cold (and checking the running time every twenty minutes or so). It's never a good sign when you find yourself saying "I hope that's the end" but I did (and it was) and I was glad when it was over. I…

  • Bad Genius

    Bad Genius

    ★★★★

    This Thai film tells the story of a high school exam cheating ring in a heist movie format. This includes snappy breakdowns of the plans followed by the actual exams where of course things go wrong and the plan needs to evolve on the fly. It's a simple idea brilliantly executed with a great cast really selling the characters which cover a range of different backgrounds and privilege which is then used to introduce subplots and character growth. The final…