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  • The Conjuring
  • Insidious
  • The Conjuring 2

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  • Worth

    ★★★½

  • Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

  • The Big Sick

    ★★★★½

  • Candyman

    ★★★½

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  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★★

    In The Night House, nothingness is personified as a malevolent force, an endless tunnel, a gaping black hole, which will stop at nothing to draw everything in by its gravitational pull. The visual design of the film portrays this brilliantly, in the ways that it represents this nothingness entity as purely negative space - it never adds, but only subtracts. That all-consuming entity hangs over Beth, who has recently lost her husband Owen to suicide. He leaves what seems to…

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★½

    A Quiet Place Part II begins with a bit of clever filmmaking, which draws on associations we came to make in the first instalment. The film opens in silence on a streetlight that is green. No cars are passing through the intersection, which immediately suggests that something is wrong, especially when we see the light turn red again. Between the silent world and red light motif that we have come to associate with danger, the film immediately puts us on…

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  • Worth

    Worth

    ★★★½

    What is a life worth? Kenneth Feinberg poses the question to a class of law students, who throw out an arbitrary dollar amount, negotiate, and come to a settlement as if they were bartering for an item on Facebook Marketplace. After being put in charge of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Feinberg soon discovers money has the means to provide some form of security and stability for a grieving family, but it will neither provide solace nor replace what has…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    Nia DaCosta's direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name is an assured piece of filmmaking that has a distinct visual flair and is quite provocative, evoking a lot of rhetoric and symbolism that we've come to associate with the BLM movement. There is some interesting commentary about the exploitation and appropriation of Black suffering, in the ways that characters try to exploit the urban legend of the Candyman for their own selfish means, whether it be for…

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  • Newness

    Newness

    ★★★

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

  • 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…