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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    Very good. Tense and well-acted, unexpectedly funny at times.

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    ★★★½

    Good. Predictable Dreamworks plot, but it's reasonably visually creative, even if the world exists more as realized concept art than a livable place.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    Essentially a perfect Spider-Man film. Colourful and creative.

  • The Wild Goose Lake

    The Wild Goose Lake

    ★★½

    Felt muddled, even amateurish. Some shots felt absurd, comedic when they shouldn't, and overall the stakes were too vague, the motivations too unclear. There's better.

  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★½

    Better than expected, though the early parts are much stronger. It's good at coming up with unfamiliar, but recognizably militant pageantry, and at mixing that with the usual teen need for expression. Pretty predictable story-wise, but my time wasn't wasted.

  • Deerskin

    Deerskin

    ★★★

    A very odd... comedy? If you read the blurb, you've got all you're going to get out of it, honestly. Not bad, but nothing to really recommend here.

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★

    A pretty standard revenge flick. Good at being viscerally unpleasant at times, though screaming babies are a pretty easy shortcut to that. It had a few things to say beyond the revenge stuff, but I'm not sure any of it was particularly new, and it felt like it was falling back into some hoary old tropes at times.

  • The Whistlers

    The Whistlers

    ★★★½

    Once again, a solid IFF movie. Not quite as serious as I expected; some nice dry comedy.

  • Peterloo

    Peterloo

    ★★★

    Little too long-winded, little too straightforward. Some deliciously hammy performances, but overall it just goes too long and doesn't really say much.

  • Come to Daddy

    Come to Daddy

    ★★★½

    A solid horror-comedy. Some annoying jump-scare nonsense, but overall pretty well done.

  • The Realm

    The Realm

    ★★★

    A decent political corruption drama. Not sure it had anything big to say, despite the angry denouement; it was just an illustration of the main character's pride and selfishness.

  • Aniara

    Aniara

    ★★★½

    Where High Life felt malicious, this felt... melancholy? Inevitable, maybe. Good, if a bit grim, but not as depressing as you'd expect.