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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    These are good times for comedy. Giving the most maverick wing of the MCU outside Guardians of the Galaxy – this one ripe for resurgence following a shaky sequel – to a reliably off-the-wall comedy genius managed to be both a brave and low-risk move from Marvel; fortunately, Taika Waititi doesn’t disappoint.

    In his first work to involve massive budgets and existing characters, he effortlessly pins his intimate, wise-cracking style on the overblown, operatic drama of the Thor franchise. It…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★½

    A gloriously evocative mood piece that ultimately favours style over substance. Intended as a fairy tale period piece with a very modern sting in the messaging – absolutely a commentary on our current crises – it sings most powerfully when the wildly captivating Sally Hawkins leads us deftly through the pattern of her mundane days and then the incredible positive disruption that the arrival of an intriguing underwater specimen causes. When it centres on Michael Shannon – commanding but inexplicable…

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    In Civil War, the Russos have built on a strong foundation to produce what is unquestionably one of the finer examples of a superhero ensemble movie that we’ve seen yet. Their power lies in something deceptively simple yet often missed in blockbuster franchises which is telling a story: thoroughly, engagingly – above all, emotionally. 

    The First Avenger stretched the origin story out in a way that no other MCU film has – think of Tony’s suit building that’s practically a…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    This dreamy take on André Aciman’s book from Luca Guadagnino is suffused with Italian summer sunlight and is every inch a James Ivory adaptation. If it has a flaw it is this tendency to cast everything in soft focus – a queer love story for straight people like me – but it stays so resolutely on-the-nose about first love and burgeoning sexuality that it’s hard to hold that against it for too long (that’s what he said, etc). Timothée Chalamet…