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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★½

    Most of the fun is drained out of this film thanks to Wheatley's direction. There's zero sense of space and time here, making what's going on seem completely incoherent despite the narrative's simplicity. The messy camera work and editing only add to the issues. The hackneyed character motivation make it so that none of them are worth cheering for, and therefore turns the suspense of it all into a tedious bore.

    Wheatley is a director who's a lot more pleased…

  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    ★★★½

    Continuing their streak of absurd action and painfully stupid plots and dialogue, the latest addition to the Fast and the Furious 'family' works because it so openly embraces its ridiculousness.

    It's not as well balanced as 7 or 5, and the series in general has lost its sense of personality that made the original so good, but while it's transformed into some strange hybrid of strained perpetuation and occasional parody, it's always managed to land just shy of becoming caricature.…

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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended

    ★★★½

    I honestly don’t quite know whether this is some sort of millennial masterpiece or a steaming pile of shit.

    I do know that I (briefly) felt compelled to write quite a long piece on this film, and that, while watching, I was enjoying whatever it is I was given.

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★★

    With 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen delivers a staggering cinematic exploration of evil and endurance, bringing the brutalities of slavery to life in unflinching - often unbearable - detail.

    While his direction is the real marvel here - chock-full of breathtaking long-takes and stunning compositions, not to mention jaw-dropping cinematography by Sean Bobbit - it's Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender's (and Lupita Nyong'o, though I feel the praise for her is slightly undeserved - at least the amount of…