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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    Not the disaster that was anticipated by followers of its production history, how Solo functions as a genre film is more even-handed and interesting, but in general it’s a conventionally told jaunt that’s just breezy and sporadically entertaining enough as an action film to get away with it.

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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    Deadpool 2 is the personification of ‘more is less' filmmaking. It casts its net bigger but reaps fewer rewards by comparison. It's still sporadically amusing and entertaining when it's not repeating jokes or trying so hard to shock or manipulate the audience, and Reynold's lead is as dedicated as ever, but it feels like it runs out of gas before the credits start rolling.

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  • I Feel Pretty

    I Feel Pretty

    ★★

    I Feel Pretty is an ugly movie. Though not as arduous to sit through as might have been expected, it's still a hell of a mess that makes little to no sense, tirelessly long and manages to shiv its own high held ideals right in the stomach at every opportunity it can very much because of the concept it's trying to realise. Otherwise, it’s just too conventionally boring and trite to get worked up over.

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  • The Leisure Seeker

    The Leisure Seeker

    ★★

    The Leisure Seeker is mostly just a messy work of unrealised potential for commentary or substance, with many characters dealt signposted roles that never actually come of anything. Occasionally elevated by its two leads, but too often saccharine and unhappily forgettable.

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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.