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  • Mother

    Mother

    ★★★★

    I wasn't sure what to expect going into this film, but from the first millisecond it yanked me along like a river rapid. A compelling story told with Bong's typical rock solid direction - his work really is a joy to watch (even when all the horrible stuff happens).

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★½

    I think I like Ant Man the most out of all the Marvel series. The action is creative, and the stories are fun and don't get bogged down in tedious self importance. Basically everything's aimed at the right spot - there are no lofty ambitions here. There are a couple of the usual Marvel issues in this instalment - shoulder-shrug of a villain chief among them - but basically this a solid popcorn film.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    As someone who wasn't nearly as impressed with Ex Machina as everyone else seemed to be, I went into Annihilation with pretty low expectations. Well, the film managed to meet almost exactly those pretty low expectations. Alex Garland's direction is uninspired, and his script is limp. Things aren't helped by the performances of varying quality (some of the cast seem to have taken acting lessons at a robot factory), and the Sy-Fy Channel grade CGI. The premise is interesting and…

  • Maborosi

    Maborosi

    ★★★★

    This is a gorgeous film, though perhaps a little aimless in its last third. That said, the whole thing rolls by like a dream. Koreeda has always said he's more influenced by Ken Loach than Ozu Yasujiro, and in this film it's glaringly obvious.