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  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    ★★★½

    The doll's trying to kill me, and the toaster's been laughing at me

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★½

    At once a fable and a psychological thriller, mother! fails at both. It follows two people, a couple, living in an isolated house in the countryside. Him (Javier Bardem) is a poet, struggling to write; Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) is a housewife, slowly restoring their house after a fire. An unexpected and unwanted (by Mother) visitor (Ed Harris) begets another (Michelle Pfieffer), and so on, until the flow of people becomes a flood, an outright onslaught on the house and Mother's…

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★½

    I know several people whose opinions I respect that have loved this film and even rate it among their favourites, but having read the book and now having seen the movie I’m still at the same conclusion, that Chris McCandless was at times an insufferable prick who believed he was some divine combination of Thoreau and Jack London. He didn’t deserve to die for this stupidity (many his age think they're indestructible) but he doesn’t deserve to be mythologised either.…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★½

    I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…