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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

    Last year, Peter Jackson crafted an incredibly detailed portrait chronicling the life of a soldier from enlistment to armistice, using real-life footage and audio recordings from the war. Sam Mendes' 1917 is a dramatic retelling of the events at the height of the First World War, though it lacks the immediacy and intimacy of other films like They Shall Not Grow Old. Taking place on April 6, 1917 (interestingly the same day the United States formally declared war against Germany),…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★

    If I’m going to sell my heroine into marriage for money, I might as well get some of it.
    - Jo March

    Louisa May Alcott's iconic semi-autobiographical character of Jo March has become a symbol of female liberty and agency, and Gerwig does an excellent job of further cementing her status in her adaptation of Little Women. Told in alternating timelines in past and present, Gerwig contrasts youthful ambition and sisterhood with the difficult realities and compromises of adulthood. The…

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  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

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

    You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now.

    Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario paints a picture of an unforgiving world filled with wolves, which has descended so far into moral decay that it becomes impossible to distinguish friend from foe. Much like his previous film Prisoners, Sicario examines the moral compromises that individuals make in order to achieve…

  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★½

    All the different plot lines in Contagion seem to be social distancing themselves from one another and the viewers, so none felt particularly compelling. By the time the ending montage came and the origins of the novel virus revealed, I realized at that point I actually had no desire to know where the pandemic started. Despite a great cast and some timely and relevant material, Soderbergh just can't seem to take these disparate and half-baked narratives anywhere interesting.

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Green Room is Saulnier's transition from primary colours to secondary colours.

    This time he experiments with a palette of natural and artificial greens, reflecting the true and artificial nature of the characters portrayed in the film. A common thread between this and Blue Ruin is how Saulnier exposes his characters. At first, they seem to have a tough exterior, but traumatic events in the film reveal their true and vulnerable selves.

    The Ain't Rights are no exception, a punk band…

  • Newness

    Newness

    ★★★

    You can't have a movie about millenials without a scene including avocados on toast...