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  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo


    Watching LAKE MUNGO took me through the five stages of grief.
    Where every single stage was sheer unfathomable horror.

  • Joker



    It's hard to believe Todd Phillips knew how to handle the juggernaut that is Joaquin Phoenix's JOKER.

    Half inspired, half impersonation, it's no secret Philips drew from the masterworks of Scorsese. Even having De Niro himself sitting opposite Phoenix - it's as if Travis Bickle was confronting his equal in Arthur Fleck, offering a reflection on 1970s and 2020s America. 

    But regardless of how accurate this take, it's one of many narratives that I felt Philips struggled to completely land. Though the ambition, presentation and downright staggering performance from Phoenix will leave me conflicted for some time.

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie


    Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan reunite for an incredibly worthy epilogue to the masterwork that is Breaking Bad.

  • At Eternity's Gate

    At Eternity's Gate


    A special performance from Willem Dafoe is wasted in this disappointing and misguided biopic.

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2


    Lacking all the magic that made Deadpool's first entry so special.

  • Wrinkles the Clown

    Wrinkles the Clown


    Devoid of all purpose.
    How they stretched this out over a hour is an impressive feat.

  • GoodFellas



    A stone cold classic that's got me so ready for The Irishman I can't describe it.

  • Yesterday



    Boyle plays his hand too soon (and too often) in a film that lacks any real morals or substance. Himesh Patel sure has a nice voice though.

  • Anima


    A dream collaboration.

    You don't know how much
    Pronto pronto, moshi mosh
    Come on, chop chop

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet


    Kyle MacLachlan doesn't know how to pour a beer.

  • Midsommar



    Ari Aster and Pawel Pogorzelski's search for the perfect shot continues in the somewhat diluted Midsommar.

    After a heart-stopping opening sequence, I found myself quietly hoping the film would rebuild that momentum. But as Midsommar hesitates, Florence Pugh only soars - with an unreal performance that'll stay with me as one of this years best.

    The world Aster builds, especially here in the Director's Cut, is nothing short of fascinating - but that depth is never quite matched by the narrative weaving through all of those beautiful flowers.

  • To the Bone

    To the Bone


    Lilly Collins gives her all in this poorly executed, shallow step into the struggles of eating disorders. Unfocused.