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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    There are moments within A Ghost Story where it feels like this could be David Lowery’s own The Tree of Life. Given a larger budget or scope, the final movement of the film could have transformed into something far more abstract, but to do so would probably be to undercut the modest and intimate scale of Lowery’s vision. As with Daniel Hart's wheezing ambient score of deep strings, the film never crescendos but settles into its own frame of mind…

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

    Captain Underpants is a hysterically reverent family film that while ostensibly aimed at a much younger audience is going to bring the grownups in the audience much more joy than they might ever be expecting. It’s bright, clever, loud and incredibly funny in a way few films of this calibre in the animation field (outside of Pixar) can often hope to achieve, and while it never sets its sights on higher goals or themes beyond the general bonds of friendship…

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    The film sustains anxiety in the unknown, and the film has many genuinely frightening and unsettling moments throughout thanks to incredible editing and sound design. While not every element of the film fits together perfectly, they are very much artistic liberties and means to an end that only add to a film that is very open to further reading; in particular an ending which may leave many to decide on whichever context it bares itself to. The Babadook is a…

  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    Besides a climactic third act that ties things up a little tighter than anticipated, this is a more than solid enough crime thriller with great performances to boast. The "what if?" scenario of a Stieg Larson style villain entering the real world is compelling if not totally convincing by the end, but its the character focus and deconstruction that really sets this one apart. Its a much darker and more morally questionable film than you'd ever expect it to be, and yet another example of Hollywood trying to catch up to the quality of the latest Nordic drama phase. At least, this is done well.