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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★

    After the terminally idiotic and insulting Captain America: Civil War (2016) I swore off the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever. There are so many good movies I've yet to see, why waste time with the same old rubbish every six months? However I was repeatedly assured by many fine people that Thor: Ragnarok was different, that it was a positively Bergman or Fellini-esque work of auteurist cinema (I may be paraphrasing slightly here, anyway, “It's different!” they cried). This is not…

  • Nosferatu

    Nosferatu

    ★★★★

    While not the first vampire film, this is still the originator of so many tropes of the vampire movie genre. An unauthorised screen adaption of Bram Stoker's novel, the names were changed to try and doge copyright claims, but Stoker's widow still sued, and a court ordered all existing prints destroyed. However by then the film was being shown around the world so survived, but given how many silent films are no more this was a close run thing. Thankfully…

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  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★½

    Aquaman has its problems, but it also has sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads (as well as an octopus playing the drums) which more than compensates and renders a lot of potential criticisms moot. The way to do this sort of movie right is to embrace the inherent goofiness in the property – it's a guy who can talk to fish! – and just go with it, not in an "ironic" post-modern way, but to just revel…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★

    It must be stated at the outset that despite being a Netflix film this really should be watched on the big screen. Roma is very slow and won't be able to compete with bleeping phone notifications and other interruptions that constitute home viewings of movies. This is a work that needs to be given space and time. Closely based on Alfonso Cuarón's childhood memories, we are introduced to an upper middle class family in Mexico City in 1970/1. Although more…