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  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    The crucial moment in this politicalromanticoddcoupleuglyducklingcomedy is where Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen look at each other, and in a flash you are acutely aware that when one of them was in Pineapple Express, the other was in motherfucking Mad Max and Atomic Blonde.

    AND THEN THEY FOLLOW THROUGH.

  • Judy & Punch

    Judy & Punch

    Uses a prism of anachronistic music and acting to look at a classical Punch and Judy story complete with farcical setups and overtly physical comedy and violence; a fascinating brew, deftly directed.

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    An opening sequence which plays like it's about to be The Host before turning into a commentary on symbiotic social relationships. An entire two-person shot-reverse-shot conversation crossing the line with purpose and panache. All that working seamlessly in the same film as an exploding toilet, swipes at American imperialism, flawless rack focuses, and a Titanic-esque use of a door in a slow overhead crane shot. Not a single moment is without setup and foreshadowing, yet nothing feels perfunctory or boring. This movie outright demands its five stars.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    Annihilation is a film which is out to affect its audience viscerally, physically, psychologically. I was surprised, wounded, sad, thoughtful, grossed out, thrilled, excited, terrified, sometimes several things at once.

    'Enjoyed' is a strong word. Annihilation is good, but sometimes painfully so. Ideally, as you watch, you come to various understandings about the plot, the metaphors, yourself, those you love, and humans in general. But you can't check out.

    Now, let me try to sound less pretentious by talking about…