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  • Maze

    Maze

    ★★½

    See my review on Thumped: thumped.com/movies/movie-reviews/maze/

  • Logan's Run

    Logan's Run

    ★★★

    Only a year later, George Lucas and his special effects mavens would make this picture look very, very old. And one wonders how much better it would be with the roles reversed, with Jenny Agutter as the 'sandman' forced to go on the run from a euthanasia-happy totalitarian society, and putty-faced Michael York as the damsel in tow. That doesn't, however, take away from its strange hodge-podge charm, and the well-paced action of its chase/quest plot.

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★½

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

    The allusions to Rosemary’s Baby so bold in the trailer are a red herring; indeed, the entire first half of the film, with its haunted house aesthetics, disorientating sound design and suffocatingly intimate framing, is but a diversion from what mother! really is: a satire of middle-aged creative malaise; of the existential trauma of celebrity; of the absurdities of Christian faith; of patriarchal abuse; of our relationship with the earth. Darren Aronofsky takes them all on, as the images on…

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★

    I think there's been some misreading of Deadpool among local film critics, who appear to have watched it through the lens of 'oh not another comic-book movie' and allowed that to colour their take on its very deliberate schtick. I can't even say I blame them, as such, because Deadpool is the very definition of a movie squarely aimed at fans, even more so than, say, The Force Awakens and its fan pandering at the expense of a better story,…