• Sanctuary

    Sanctuary

    ★★★★

    Lovely little film. 2 people and a whole ton of attention paid to every aspect of the tiny space. The camera work is great, the acting is outstanding, tons of nuance. Another fine addition to the "Christopher Abbott is controlled by women" cinematic universe.

  • Self Reliance

    Self Reliance

    ★★★½

    A solid, fun movie with plenty of laughs and, I guess, enough of a thriller aspect to earn it a mention of that genre too. It isn't non stop hilarious, and it isn't a heart racing thriller, and I think it suffers for trying to do a bit of both.

    I'm a big fan of New Girl, and this does not hit those heights, but Jake Johnson is great and I hope we'll see more from him. A solid directorial debut.

  • Bottoms

    Bottoms

    ★★★★

    If we don't see Sennott and Edebiri in a kabillion movies it'll be a tragedy.

    Just tons of fun. No dud moments and a great time throughout. Doesn't quite hit the high watermarks of 10 Things and Booksmart for me, but I'm sure it beats them for plenty of people.

  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeous and amazing like everyone says. A hard watch when you're faceblind, though - everyone is a white male, all in white lab coats, and half of it's in black and white.

  • The School Is Watching

    The School Is Watching

    ★★★★

    Hard to know what to say about this. I expected it to be mashed up in a Cassetteboy style but no, it's all just weird to begin with.

  • If the Streets Were on Fire

    If the Streets Were on Fire

    ★★★★

    Required watching for anyone who votes tory. Sadly none of them will ever bother to watch it.

  • Saltburn

    Saltburn

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    If I may quote this fine review of Banshees of Inisherin: letterboxd.com/freyainthcities/film/the-banshees-of-inisherin/ - "a fine addition to the barry keoghan playing a little weirdo cinematic universe".

    But this time, it's a bit more, isn't it?

    Brett Easton Ellis wrote about these horrible, disaffected youths. So morally bankrupt that we're left wondering it there's anything left for them - anything that could possibly trouble their souls. Do they have souls at all? Saltburn is what happens when the kind of monster…

  • Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire

    Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire

    ★★★★

    We try to watch this every Christmas if we can. It's a bit weird, one of those Christmas anomalies that just shouldn't exist, and it always makes me very happy.

  • Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

    Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

    ★★★★★

    Can't go wrong with Aardman. Absolute joy.

  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

    Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

    ★★★

    I heard a lot of people being all upset about this but you know what, I had a good time. It's fine.

  • Violent Night

    Violent Night

    ★★★★½

    It's hard to know how to rate this. It's built on one very clear idea and if you're not fully sold on that, it's a one star. If you are, though, it does what it does very well indeed.

    I love Christmas movies. I don't know what it is that makes classics like Home Alone feel so much like they do, but this movie has it. It's a Christmas movie through and through, and not just because it centres on…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    There is some art that's just obviously brilliant, right? La La Land is just an all timer. Not sure when I last saw something that was so obviously a 5 star perfect film.

    I think Ryan Gosling is one of my favourite actors of all time. I just really enjoy everything he does.