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  • Peggy Sue Got Married

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    ★★★

    Nicolas Cage is so irritating in Peggy Sue Got Married, it's kinda amazing.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Like watching a friend play a video game and you're never allowed to have a go. Absolute crap.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    Hail, Caesar!

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    Dunkirk is a masterwork of cinematic Impressionism with an approach to timeline and narrative structure that is positively modernist. Symphonic, stirring and at times electrifying. Like Humphrey Jennings made a WW2 blockbuster.

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★★

    The Lost City of Z is grade A cinema. Grips like a burning fever. Gray's screenplay is marvellous in its handling of themes, politics and adventure. Christopher Spelman's score is the perfect accompaniment.mood setter to/for the imagery and Darius Khondji's gangrenous but also occasionally lush cinematography proffers a sense of danger and dreaminess. That final shot! My joint fave of the year so far with Aquarius.

  • Fireworks

    Fireworks

    ★★★★

    Hana-bi features what might be my favourite edit in cinema. Beat Takeshi lights a cigarette, the scene cuts to a man being gunned down. The unexpectedness, the suddenness, is joyous. The sound of the lighter, the pop-pop of the gun firing. It's a little marvel, the cinema of cool. Tarantino wishes he came up with it in his dreams.

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★★

    War is Mel.

  • A Horrible Way to Die

    A Horrible Way to Die

    ★★★★★

    The greatest American horror film of the decade so far. Nuff said.

  • Man Underground

    Man Underground

    ★★★★

    A belting debut. Seek it out, if you can.

  • Heaven's Gate

    Heaven's Gate

    ★★★★★

    Class war on the open range, the battle for America's self-image - the beautiful myth vs the cruel reality. Capitalist critique and broken dreams. Cimino made an American masterpiece the world wasn't ready for in 1980.

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    ★★★★

    Hellraiser in space. The one good Paul WS Anderson movie.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    The most beautiful horror film ever made. Atomic fact.