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  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★

    I did enjoy this — but it all felt a bit too familiar. It didn't help that Raya herself was done dirty, with no meaningful deeper characterisation to really bite into.

  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★★½

    The Social Dilemma is a documentary about social media, about how it works, and about what (unintended and intended) effects its had on our world, our societies, and our politics. It's not a crazy, out-there proclamation that social media and technology are inherently terrible. It articulates a giant technological, economic and social problem that we as a global society are going to have to wrangle with before it's too late.

    In that sense, the doc is a success. It conveys…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    ★★★★½ I loved it, but…

    I don't like horror. A lot of modern horror films have weak plots and terrible writing, relying instead on cheap scares to get the job done. I suppose in a way, horror movies now function more like amusement park rides than anything else; people go for the scares and the thrills rather than for the story or for a deeper experience.

    Like It Follows last year, The Witch (The VVitch?) thankfully bucks this trend.

    It's…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Tenet is deeply flawed, and it's very difficult to overlook some of its shortcomings in the first third of the film. Nolan's latest is wildly ambitious, but in a lot of ways, it swings hard and completely misses the ball.

    There's an immense amount of exposition delivered solely through strange, stilted dialogue; the physical mechanics of the film's time-manipulation conceit were so convoluted that it made it difficult to follow the logic of some of the action scenes; the character…