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  • Amélie
  • Before Sunset
  • The Mummy
  • The Handmaiden

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  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • X

    ★★★½

  • Down with Love

    ★★★★½

  • Bedazzled

    ★★★

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  • Down with Love

    Down with Love

    ★★★★½

    Delightful and oh so delicious. I’m so enchanted by this cheeky flick; I kid you not, I think it’s the most fun I’ve had watching a movie this year. It was just perfection! Everything Everywhere All at Once is a contender for that title but the latter made me well-up more times than I care to admit. Far too confronting—lately I much prefer the comforting. I’m increasingly finding myself gravitating toward movies that make me lie down blissfully, comatose with joy. Down With Love is certainly one of them!

  • X

    X

    ★★★½

    Crikey! And creaky too (if you know what I mean). If anything X just further exemplifies that old age sucks. You wither, ploddingly. Bad things happen to your skin. Pustules. Seepage. A proliferation of moles likened to rat scrota will complicate your forehead, your ass will get lumpy & varicose, and an egregious stink will follow you around just like that loser in High School you secretly feared was completely like you (well, you were right). 

    Set in a rural Texas…

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  • Mogul Mowgli

    Mogul Mowgli

    ★★★★★

    This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. For many years I’ve tried to grasp onto any glimmer of South Asian representation in Hollywood from the ever-present ‘model minority trope‘ one that is typically veiled in virtue but can be as reductive as overtly negative caricatures; to the confused Asian girl who desperately needs to break out of her cultural and religious constraints and finally “live life.” A life bounteous with boys and booze. Enticing. 

    None of these tropes represented…

  • Coraline

    Coraline

    ★★★★

    Coraline is the epitome of creepy. A welcome one at that.

    It’s the kind of creepy that, at first, settles like an unwanted cool mist on bare skin, only to burrow deep, infect and infest the mind with compelling imagery veiled in silk and shadow. Blossom and bone. Beauty and brutality. 

    Reality and duality. 

    Neil Gaiman’s terrifying tale has been a family favourite since our first watch back in 09, with every spook and scare amplified by Clark Kent-looking 3D…