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  • Lean on Pete

    Lean on Pete

    ★★★★½

    So heartbreaking and humane in its portrayal of human isolation, Lean on Pete reminds audience how growing up for some people can be a painful experience. Andrew Haigh continues to prove that he is an important voice in cinema, having made three really impressive films about the struggle and existence of everyday people, especially those in solitude, that he observes with keenest and empathy. There's always a bleak edge to his films, as evidenced by Weekend, 45 Years, and now…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    RIP DCEU.

    Ok maybe not. I loved Wonder Woman and I'm still looking forward to seeing Aquaman, but at this rate DCEU won't be able to keep up with what Marvel has achieved. It has just outdone itself with this epic superhero crossover that's so unlike anything we have seen before. I still can't believe that I just saw the film in its entirety. It's a lot to take in, but I left the theater with a huge smile on…

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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    It would be an overstatement to say this, but I don't remember the last time a director explores youthful anger and frustration within a particular socio-economic context with such mastery. Lee Chang-dong has a firm grasp on the intricacy of modern South Korea and the emotional depths of these fictitious characters, peeling away layer after layer of this complex mystery to reveal something truly bewildering at the core. Burning is a slow burn about class clash, the senseless existence of…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    I'm shook.

    I thought it would be impossible for another Mission movie to top Rogue Nation, but Christopher McQuarrie did it. Rogue Nation has some incredible moments that blew me away, like the opera-house scene where Tom Cruise meets Rebecca Ferguson for the first time. That scene, which is directed to perfection, is a great example of masterful suspension. But as a whole Fallout stands out as the franchise's most memorable film. And just when you think the franchise couldn't…

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★½

    Suicide Squad has just signed its own death warrant.

    It’s that time of the year again when a DC superhero movie causes a rift between critics and audiences. I’m neither a Marvel nor DC guy. I’m just a film buff who welcomes every superhero movie with an open heart and always gives them the benefit of the doubt when they get panned. But boy does the critical consensus this time actually reflect my feelings about this movie! I actually enjoyed…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    1st act : We’ll get there
    2nd act: Oooh nearly there
    3rd act : HOLY F-CK!!!!! That’s the most epic space battle in Star Wars! And the last shot! Whoa…

    Ok. Sorry. But I didn’t expect myself to get so worked up over this movie!! I was one of those people that weren’t convinced by Disney’s plan to make anthology films because they’re blatantly milking the Star Wars cash cow. But when you’re making a cash grab disguised as a…