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  • Slow West

    Slow West

    ★★★★

    A hapless boy, desperately out of his element, searches for his lost love. A rugged, world-weary drifter with mysterious motivations offers his services. And all the while, death slowly marches both ahead and behind them.

    As westerns go, that might not be a terribly original (or for that matter, uh, a very good) elevator pitch. John Maclean's debut almost seems like a needless exercise in futility - how do you burst onto the scene with any sort of conviction while…

  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The house breathes. The house bleeds. And the house is haunted by its own past, exposed to the elements and literally sinking beneath the weight of its bloody secrets.

    Allerdale Hall, the Sharpe family's secluded estate, is as much a living entity as anyone else in this Gothic romance - if not more so. It just so happens to be in its death throes as this story begins; decaying from the inside out, yet formidable enough to retain a vibrant…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★½

    What is it that we really want out of these DCEU movies?

    This was originally going to be a standard and straightforward Justice League review (fitting, for such a disappointingly standard and straightforward film), but instead I just kept coming back to that very open-ended question and how the answer, whatever that may be, may affect our perception of Zack Snyder's handling of the DCEU to this point - a tenure that, despite being set up as the main architect,…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★½

    One part atmospheric, indulgent, and wonderfully slow burning tone-setter (shot in GLORIOUS 70mm SUPER CINEMASCOPE, as Quentin Tarantino's actual script isn't shy about hilariously reminding us), one part steady buildup of unbearable tension and stakes, one part masterful 'Whodunnit?' as the wheels start coming off, and one final frenzy of gore-filled, blood-splattered, unapologetic violence when the revelations start hitting and the multiple setups are finally paid off. In true fashion, Tarantino then brings it all home by reminding us exactly…