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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★★★

    "You must not fail."

    The most telling image here is that of two hands meeting; one shaking, the other firmly supporting and comforting. It's the moment Harry receives the missing piece of Slughorn's memory, which in the old man's own words might ruin him. The overarching theme of these movies, that of children being manipulated into cleaning up the mess left behind by their parents' generation, really comes into play here, with Harry and Draco on opposite sides of the…

  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★½

    A devastatingly hopeless tale of carnage and catharsis, steeped in oceans of blood and pure nightmarish expressionism. Probably one of the greatest horror films ever made.

    [35mm]

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★½

    While it even might be *the* best Planet of the Apes movie, War for the Planet of the Apes certainly is the best of its trilogy, finally missing out bland human protagonists and focussing solely on the apes.

    That's a bold move, considering the majority thinks of this as a big summer blockbuster and its first half mostly consists of CG apes riding through abandoned landscapes and communicating via sign language.

    But the apes have always been the most interesting…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    A perverse romantic comedy, dressed up all fancy.

    [70mm]