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  • Thoroughbreds

    Thoroughbreds

    ★★★½

    Props to the movie's Wikipedia page for spoiling the ending in the above-the-line plot synopsis (it's been edited now, thankfully).

    Thoroughbreds is a cult gem in the making; dryly funny, patiently shot and terrifically acted. A few scenes perhaps drag on a touch too long, but its minimalism often lends the film a quiet eerieness.

    RIP Anton Yelchin of course, especially this being his last release I'm likely to watch. Taylor-Joy and Cooke were great as expected.

  • Max Steel

    Max Steel

    ★★

    I mean, it's crap and all, but I was mildly impressed with how good it looked in places for a $10 million budget.

    I'm also assuming Andy Garcia is either related to someone high-up in the production or was paid $9 million of that budget to convince him to suit up for this.

    The acting is mostly fine, the visuals have their moments. 99% of the problems are with the script. It has no idea what it wants to be;…

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  • Icarus

    Icarus

    ★★★★

    What begins as essentially Super Size Me for doping quickly transforms into a genuinely suspenseful examination of the Russian Olympic doping program.

    Equal parts terrifying and fascinating, it's persuasively, damningly told, especially with Russia's FIFA World Cup just around the corner, and benefits from the weirdly likeable presence of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

    One of the better Netflix Originals recently; don't miss it.

  • First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    ★★★½

    An impressive step up for Angelina Jolie as a director, this is a harrowing and affecting film, propelled by an INCREDIBLE performance from young actress Sareum Srey Moch and Anthony Dod Mantle's excellent cinematography. Unlike a lot of Netflix Originals, this actually looks like a proper FILM.

    It's held back from being great by a few directorial missteps which perhaps show Jolie's inexperience, using cheesy lightbulb effects during flashbacks/memories which would look more comfortable in a Saw film, some digitally-treated slow-motion and some choppy editing.

    Still, a very respectable effort and a fine prestige addition to Netflix's lineup.