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  • Wristcutters: A Love Story

    Wristcutters: A Love Story

    ★★★★

    At a glance, a film entitled Wristcutters: A Love Story might seem too morbid—or even exploitative—for its own good; after all, it is essentially a road (to nowhere) movie set within an arid netherworld for suicides where no one can smile. Think: Beetlejuice (1988) meets It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) via The Wizard of Oz (1939) set in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. But the film’s bleak subject matter, muted colour schemes and warped humour purposefully masks the defiant…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★

    There is a battle for the heart of Thor: Ragnarok between the distinctive quirky sensibilities of Taika Waititi's cinema and the formulaic machine that is Marvel Studios; ultimately they never truly coalesce and cancel each other out via terrible pacing, inconsistent humour, and a somewhat incongruous villain. It's a shame, because when this film works, it really works - namely when we're on planet Goldblum.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    Hypnotic and brilliant, Jonathan Glazer's art-house rendering of Species explores the human form from an extrinsic perspective. The film tackles the notion of beauty being skin-deep in its own singular way as well as exposing just how uncomfortable we can be with our own bodies, echoing only the greatest Cronenbergian works. A uniquely transgressive modern masterpiece, Under The Skin may well be very best film of the year.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★

    Inside Llewyn Davis is a soulful and great looking film with the Coens' trademark droll humour, a moving folk soundtrack (often sung live by the cast) and some cool cats. Although Oscar Isaac's performance is terrifically delivered, his titular character seems troublingly removed despite the odd outburst. His constant meanderings also prevented him from securing a fuller sense of engagement in me. A good movie, but not one of the Coens' very best.