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  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe

    If you are going to follow a group who make a habit of breaking into and vandalising houses, then skip the garbage sob stories. We don't need it. Just make them interesting dark characters rather than relying on lazy motivations for their shitty actions. And, of course, there has to be the one dimensional leader of the group used to excuse his companions equally bad choices. At least he knows what he is, which is more than can be said…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★

    A film just hanging out with Thor and co would've made for a much better film under Waititi's direction, but no doubt he had to stick to the same old Marvel formula bullshit. Blanchett has been pretty immaculate in most things, so it makes sense that when she stinks the place out it's a real zinger. The character and performance is rotten, and those green-eyed zombie soldier cannon-fodder things are an embarrassing cliche. The presence of Hela is a waste…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    There is Daniel Day Lewis' performance, a standard which has become almost ludicrously normal for the man now. Paul Thomas Anderson's assured writing and direction instils an epic feel within the stripped down surroundings. Then there is the music. The score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will be the first thing that coats you in the thickness of the black atmosphere.

    Greenwood's compositional skills have developed over the arc of Radiohead's career, pushed forward after the group dropped their guitars post…

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    How do you ever begin to top a directorial debut such as this? Well Sidney Lumet certainly gave it is best shot over the years that followed creating an enviable filmography packed with cinematic gems. That he can turn a simplistic set-up of twelve men stuck together in a steaming hot room, into such a in-depth social, intellectual and thrilling 90 minutes speaks volumes for the man.

    What does remain a mystery is how the creator of the screenplay Reginald…