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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★½

    Visually impressive (especially 'Be Our Guest') but deeply inferior to the animated version. The beast's voice is terrible and ridiculous, they got rid of the unresolved sexual tension between Lumiere and Cogsworth, and she doesn't even sing to a sheep on a fountain during the Belle song!! This was at least better than the awful Cinderella, but it's more proof that these live-action Disney reboots just do not need to be made.

  • XX

    XX

    ★★★

    The Box (Jovanka Vuckovic): incredibly atmospheric and well-put-together; however, the story is frustrating as hell and in the end it's so inconsequential that it feels pointless. Despite all that I'd still say it was my favourite of the anthology, simply because of the gleeful dread it manages to evoke.

    The Birthday Party (Annie Clark): feels notably more cheap and flimsy than The Box – like something students would make (including the stretched-out slo-mo ending because they ran out of money/time).…

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  • The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass

    ★★★

    One of my vast collection of films I've watched about a thousand times because I can stick it on in the background while I'm writing, doing some work, reading a magazine, cooking, cleaning etc and not really have to concentrate. It had the potential to be much better, but I don't actually think it stands up too badly next to the book, even with the altered ending. Some of the casting is good (Nicole Kidman and the Magisterium officials, especially…

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★

    This was fine, but I expected more. I was too conscious of the person on screen being Natalie Portman doing a Jackie Kennedy impression, sometimes to the point that I felt (only momentarily, but repeatedly) like it could've been something out of a comedy sketch. Also, for whatever reason, that Camelot song annoyed the hell out of me. Not as good as Lana's 'National Anthem' video tbh.