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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    Like a moth to a flame, I went to see yet another Marvel movie tonight. I went in expecting the usual CGI-laden, McGuffin-plotted nonsense.

    But...I really liked this movie. It's unlike the other Marvel bore-fests because, whilst dressed in glittery computer fights and action sequences, the movie actually dares to explore some pretty deep themes: the nature of power; family; race; loyalty; and slavery. It's all done with a very tight script and a seriousness that's missing from most of…

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ½

    Paramount Executive 1: So, what are we gonna do with this new Cloverfield sequel?

    Paramount Executive 2: Shit, isn't it?

    PE1: It's just so fucking boring.

    PE2: And what the fuck is it about?

    PE1: Fuck knows.

    PE2: We can't give it a cinema release. And we can't release it direct to DVD. Nobody will buy it.

    PE1: I know, let's sell it to Netflix. They'll buy any old shit. Just look at Bright.

    PE2: Great idea!

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Okay, so this is weird. I watched this movie the day after it was released and it failed to grab me. I thought, despite some flashy visuals, the movie was flat and didn't engage me at all.

    I'm just back from watching it again - two days after my first trip - and my whole opinion has changed. I'm in love with this movie. It's exciting, funny, smart, and works as a fantastic clearing of the throat for Episode 9,…

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★★★

    I went into Zootopia expecting to be entertained, at the very least. After all, that's what Disney is expert at, right?  But I came out of the cinema with a new-found enthusiasm for what the genre can deliver, which is more than I ever expected. 

    Firstly, the CGI is astonishing. It's not as photorealistic as the environments (not the characters) in The Good Dinosaur, but the textures and lighting effects in Zootopia have been rendered perfectly. Each scene is absolutely…