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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★½

    Didn't like John Wick at all but I'm onboard with John Wick: Chapter Two. It's more committed to the series' preposterous elements and Stahelski and co. have amplified the action choreography and stylings to match. Utterly ludicrous but all the more harmonious.

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    Conflicted on this one. Perhaps it's the very high standards that Chazelle has set for himself, but it feels a little unwieldy.

    Technically accomplished and the looser, more documentary-esque filmmaking approach works. And the overarching story of Neil's endurance whilst those around him continue to die is affecting.

    But it operates in the same octave for 140 minutes and its notes and flourishes begin to feel repetitive. It feels very long too as it continues at the same, entirely deliberate,…

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★½

    Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an extraordinary film, both in its conception and its execution. In a world of ballooning budgets and opening weekend projections, a film like Boyhood shouldn’t exist, but thankfully it does and the end product is an endlessly fascinating and rewarding experience.

    Boyhood follows Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up in Texas with his elder sister Samantha(Lorelai Linklater) and his separated parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) over 12 years, from early childhood to the…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

    A wonderful character drama with two remarkable central performances. Equally hilarious and touching, Lost In Translation is a study of two people who have lost their place in the world. Whilst staying in Tokyo, Bill Murray's washed up Hollywood star and Scarlett Johansson's married too young philosophy graduate bond as a result of their isolation and being out of place in a foreign city.

    The wandering early stages of the film and its leisured pace help to convey the loneliness…