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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★

    Enjoyable and the closet thing yet to a live action comic epic. It's not without its problems. Thanos' motivation is not that of the "Mad Titan" in the comics who is in love with death and wants to impress her by destroying life. Here he sees himself as a deluded saviour of the universe. The movie creaks a bit in the middle as it slows down. The ending is suitably bleak.

  • Muriel, or the Time of Return

    Muriel, or the Time of Return

    ★★★★

    Strangely compelling. A middle-aged antique dealer loving with her traumatized stepson is visited by her childhood love and his young mistress. It's an odd family drama and the Muriel of the title turns out to be the dead victim of torture in the Algerian War. Much involves characters trying to come to terms with the past. The cinematography and editing is certainly starting. Documentary-influenced shots of 60s Boulogne combine with staccato montages of scenes and narrative. There's also a perverse humour at play as well. The overall effect is quite haunting.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    So awful. This is a Crystal Skull!

    I groaned over and over at the poor plot decisions and cheap humour.  This is very close in tone to the Prequels. 

    At the end I really expected the little boy to climb on his broom and fly off accompanied by the Harry Potter theme.

    Terrible movie.


    EDIT: I waited until I saw the reviews and I’m astonished to see the positively gushing GotG2-like reviews everywhere (which get qualified much later). When my…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Compelling throughout. Wonderful performances and SFX. Music appeared to be a more ambient echo of Vangelis rather than asserting itself - but worked very well.

    My reservations are that the creators attempted to cram far too much conceptually into the film (which was incedibly interesting) to the detriment of the plot, which I think struggled. There was a flat tone to the movie which reflected the character of the replicant blade runner, K. The director certainly knows how to build…