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  • Three Colors: Red
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Out of the Blue
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

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  • Prey

    ★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    ★★★★½

  • Rio Grande

    ★★★

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  • Safe

    Safe

    ★★★★★

    "I'm sorry. I know it's not normal but I can't help it." - Carol White

    Heard Safe described as a horror film for the soul and it's a great description as this has all the elements of a horror film all the way down to that disturbing poster. Reminded me of the atmosphere in Jonathon Glaziers Birth unsettling and unnerving.

    Julianne Moore gives an astonishing performance as Carol White a housewife seemingly void of personality. She lives a "Safe" existence…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★★

    Horror x52 - 1990s

    "Your death will be a tale to frighten children, to make lovers cling closer in their rapture. Come with me, and be immortal." - Candyman

    We all know how the urban legend goes; turn the lights off, look in the mirror and say the name of the boogeyman 5 times and he'll appear. Whether you have seen this film or not almost every kid would have heard some variation of its plot. We all done it…

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★½

    A solid prequel that's a little slow to move from the starting line but once it gets going you know we're on one.

    The setting and characters are great and it's refreshing to see a film from a franchise this big not overdo the spectacle and let the team actually make something that seems cared about.

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    The Black Phone seemed to be marketed as a well-worn thriller with a twist, except it's just a well-worn thriller that tires slightly when you realize it won't do anything different. Still, well made and the central trio does a great job, especially the sister who handles some poor dialog well. The ending is gratifying. However, it seemed there was a missed opportunity to push the boundaries a little more and despite the badness of the villain I never felt any real danger for Finn. The mood shifts a lot and never maintains a succinct tone.

    The score is a big plus though.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    I’m becoming obsessed - I love the whole thing the fake movie scenes, chilling out in cars, the bromance, di caprio’s engaging melancholic character arc, Pitts purposefully problematic persona, Tate as the periphery of change, all the side characters (I take to a different one each time), the what if ending that defines a fairytale, the unease of knowing where that night really went, the marvellous use of the Rolling Stones Out Of Time etc etc... ok maybe there were too many feet but I can live. 

    I think this predictably divisive film is Tarantinos late career masterpiece.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★½

    Horror x52 - Female Director

    Covered in a shroud of intense dread from the very beginning, intentions and motifs are not clear but you know something terrifyingly strange is going on. As we enter the setting (Not unlike the Sharon Tate, Manson murder setting - gives me chills just thinking about it) there is a slow and meditative build-up of claustrophobic paranoia... that keeps going and going, until you can almost take no more.

    It is beautifully done from the…