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  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★★★★

    Wonderfully endearing thanks, in large part, to the cuddly creatures that come to life. Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, Tigger all wonderful, but the true star is Pooh. Funny, heartwarming, empathetic, relatable as a perpetually hungry and pun-fan of a human, Pooh steals the show. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, ended up adoring it. I appreciated that it didn’t explicitly tell us all the plot beats (a lonely shot of a mother cast in shadow is…

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds

    ★★★★

    One of Spielberg’s bleakest films, but it’s probably in my Spielberg Top 5. I hadn’t seen it for years before last night, and I’d forgotten how many amazing set-pieces it has. The character introductions are a little wonky, but as soon as the tripods show up it becomes a terrific bit of exciting, action cinema. 

    The first contact scene is played out and timed to perfection. It’s ominous, mysterious, knowing exactly when enough is enough and have it burst from…

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    One of the most exciting experiences I’ve had at the cinema all year, genuine heart in mouth moments from start to finish. I was completely reeled in by the story, which doesn’t waste a second of its 150 minutes. It’s a stunner. A fucking stunner.

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    This is nothing short of a masterclass. Everything here is absolute perfection. Everything from the story, to the creeping dread that escalates to literal screaming at the TV, to the acting from Jack Nicholson to little Danny boy is nothing short of perfection, to the MUSIC that fucked me up completely to the point where at certain moments I could here nothing at all aside from that one terrifying violin chord over Hallorann's shining, to the never ending tracking shots through the most stunning hotel ever put on film. The Shining is perfection. The Shining is one of the greatest films ever made.