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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★½

    There haven’t been many sequels I’ve wanted to succeed more than this one. It’s very good, but I’m not sure if it’s the detailed animation, or the unnecessarily complicated narrative that lessens its power (probably the latter). The whole Screensaver theme is great though. Jack Jack is the star of the show. If there is to be a third (please leave it alone), then it has to be staged around the baby.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★

    There’s a whole bunch of directors that need to get over the fact that the 70s and 80s are over. We get it Wheatley, Wingard, Ti West, Cosmatos and any motherfucker-with-a-synthesiser-who-thinks-it-instantly-makes-them-sound-like-John-Carpenter - you love these eras. But give it a fucking break will ya?

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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…

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Finding the right person who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When the frame can be focused on a face that so clearly tells a story of its own, the symbiotic relationship between director and performer evolves beyond the expectations of standard storytelling.

    Very…