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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


    Impeccably directed dose of heightened reality. Del Toro’s themes might not be his most sophisticated, but combined with a cosy colour palette in a very tactile, cinematic world where love triumphs through gestures not words, The Shape Of Water excels. Set in the 60s amid the backdrop of the civil rights movement, Del Toro’s message is clear, and the film remains a relatively simple tale at heart. But through imaginative fantasy elements and a well paced narrative, it overcomes any…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    The huge amount of people—of varying ages, genders and ethnicities—at a 2PM weekday screening of Black Panther shows what a big deal this film is. Fortunately it also happens to be arguably the smartest MCU film yet, but what’s also refreshing is how relatively self-contained the story is. My most recent foray into the world of Marvel was Spiderman: Homecoming, which pretty much did all the things I don’t like about the MCU: personality-less filmmaking, telling a story that’s really…

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  • Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Cobain: Montage of Heck


    The Rolling Stone quote on the poster claims it's "the most intimate rock doc ever." They're probably right. If I had to describe Cobain: Montage Of Heck in one word, I'd say - heartbreaking. Whether you're a fan of Nirvana or not is pretty much irrelevant, because this isn't about the band or Kurt's career, it's about him as a person. A man with a troubled soul that couldn't get out of his own head, who didn't want to be…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl


    Fincher continues to cement his god-like status with another astoundingly brilliant dark, complex mystery full of malice, beauty and topped off by some incredible acting. There's nothing specific I can pinpoint to say why this film is so amazing, because everything about it is stupendous. The narrative twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. The directing is, of course, excellent and, combined with the superb lighting (Fincher's love of yellow is on full display) and haunting soundtrack, gives off this…