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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★

  • Four Lions

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★★

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  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★

    Creepy, horny, funny, and insecure - just like high school.
    The Karyn Kusama - Diablo Cody collaboration is a seamless marriage of their respective oeuvres. Cody’s sharp humor laced with anger and bitterness is brought to life by Kusama’s unflinching approach to violence, especially that of the psychosexual variety.
    A sort of a more optimistic rendering of the Black Swan, Jennifer’s Body is a clever horror allegory that uses genre filmmaking to explore themes of puberty, body image, sexual awakening,…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★★

    !!!!! C A N N I B A L I S M !!!!
    Now that we have your attention, may we interest you in a sensual and poetic coming-of-age drama about self-discovery, sexual awakening, family heritage, parental anxieties, sibling love, carnal desires, and unconditional compassion. Trust the French to take a premise as gruesome as a young girl discovering her craving for human flesh and turning it into a visually stunning and emotionally powerful thesis on the most primal nature…

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★

    Promising an exciting metatextual recontextualization of the franchise’s mythology within the first ten minutes and then delivering a confused - or at least confusing - thesis bordering on pseudo-philosophy, Matrix Resurrections follows in the footsteps of much of the Wachowskis’ work since the original Matrix by being visually and technically arresting piece of cinema weighed down by uneven writing.
    The thing that is a little more disappointing here is the constant retreading of the original masterpiece - both visually and…

  • Four Lions

    Four Lions

    ★★★★

    If you are not from South Aisa or speak Urdu/Punjabi then you don’t know how funny this actually is; some of the swearing, especially by Riz, is absolute poetry.
    But if you haven’t grown up in a religious, especially Muslim family, then you probably think it’s smarter than it actually is. Its portrayal of the young western ‘jihadis’ as aimless disenfranchised men is true to a certain extent but it fails to acknowledge the complicity of the overall conservatism of…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    Tarantino loves Hollywood. Tarantino loves revenge fantasies. Tarantino loves grindhouse, and spaghetti westerns, and classic rock. Tarantino also loves feet. So it comes as no surprise that for his ninth - and allegedly penultimate - feature, Tarantino has put together a shamelessly violent homage to the tinsel town’s tumultuous transformation during the height of the counterculture movement fueled by a wonderfully infectious soundtrack, riddled with feet - predominately those belonging to humans of the female gender - and named after…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    “Why’d you fucking show me something if I can’t have it?”.
    Kevin Garnett - the legendary NBA power forward playing himself - makes the above proclamation at the beginning of Uncut Gems, Safdie Brother’s follow up to their critically acclaimed feature Good Time. Excess - its allure, the resulting pursuit of it, and the inevitable downfall - has always been the defining feature of Josh and Benny Safdie’s cinematic palette.

    Frenetic to a fault, Safdie Brothers’ work is not merely…