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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★

    This was alright! Bit bloated, and a bit obvious in places, but broadly funny with a committed cast. Still not quite sure about all the random tilt photography shots.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    I have many, many thoughts about this film, which need time to percolate. For now: this is the cinematic equivalent of the people wearing *that* Joy Division t-shirt without knowing it's a Joy Division t-shirt. Which someone in this film literally does.

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★½

    Forget the idea of having to live up to the original; 5 minutes into Incredibles 2, I'd practically forgotten there was an original to compare it to. There's moments where Brad Bird's politics (not that I necessarily disagree with all of them) could have been subtler, and one occasionally wonders if some of the model designs are actually just not fully realised, rather than stylised, but minor quibbles aside, it's everything you could hope for. Beautiful to watch, compelling in character and narrative, properly choreographed action sequences, and funny to boot. A Pixar sequel that barely feels like a sequel. It's not good - it's super.

  • Bao

    Bao

    ★★★★

    Another excellently conceived and executed Pixar short, managing to pack a whole range of emotions into a dialogue-free 8 minutes. Superb.

  • Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough

    Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough

    ★★★½

    Hard to tell whether it walked up to the line of being too up itself, or crossed it.

  • Castello Cavalcanti

    Castello Cavalcanti

    ★★★½

    Fun little short, and very pleasing to the eye (naturally for Wes)

  • The Orphanage

    The Orphanage

    ★★★★

    JA Boyana really has a thing for exploring mother/son relationships and by god it works. Hauntingly brilliant, I really need to think more about this one.

  • Blockers

    Blockers

    ★★½

    This was alright! Nothing more! Nothing less!

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★½

    After the relative let-down that was Avengers: Infinity War, I'm increasingly sold on the individual stories in the MCU. Ryan Coogler gets some space to develop his own thematic ideas in Black Panther, but it entirely predictably looks like a Marvel film and has the third act of a Marvel film. A solid entry, but doesn't reach the heights of some of the more subversive films in the series.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    Forget the Jennifer Lawrence comparisons, Thomasin McKenzie is better - utterly believable in the role, an incredibly measured and considered performance. Foster was good but didn't sell it as much as I hoped he would. All in all, though, this is the far superior take on this type of story than Captain Fantastic.

  • Arcadia

    Arcadia

    ★★★★

    A fascinating exercise in matching incongruity, held together by a marvelous score from Adrian Utley and Will Gregory

  • Lek and the Dogs

    Lek and the Dogs

    No rating yet - going to have to really think about this one, because god knows what to make of it just now.