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  • Ran
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Midsommar

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  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★½

  • Becky Sharp

    ★½

  • 12 Hour Shift

    ★★½

  • Alien Resurrection

    ★★★

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  • Queen Margot

    Queen Margot

    ★★★★½

    Lurid, overblown and bloody this is stacked with hysteria and sex and gore and intrigue, death, violence and betrayal.
    So literally all my favourite things.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    Truly distinctive, this film has the ability to feel completely cut loose from all structure and meaning, a set of flashing, discombobulating images and disorienting scenarios. It's not even that pleasurable to begin with because the film feels like such a visual and narrative assault - the Daniels are not kidding when they title the first section Everything.

    But then, like Evelyn we start to make sense of what's happening to her - to us - and the formless film…

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  • Heropanti

    Heropanti

    ★★★

    Not the investigation into Superman's underwear that the title promised.

  • Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra

    Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra

    ★★★★

    On the one hand this could appear to be a fairly conventional history of a dance company - its early beginnings, its rise to success, the obstacles they overcame on the way. You've seen that story told before. But what makes this documentary so distinctive and so powerful is the way that it also integrates the influence of the political, the cultural, and the intensely personal. Blair and Minchin chart Bangarra's development against the parallel trajectories of the fostering and…