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  • In Fabric

    In Fabric

    ★★★★

    Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy director Peter Strickland is back with another bizarre, sensual, and thoroughly surreal film whose tongue is embedded firmly in the cheek, brazenly mixing cringe-inducing comedy beats, dark consumerism satire, kitchen sink social realist grimness, and the kind of vivid blood spatters and lurid violence you would expect from trashy Euro slashers of yesteryear. It is a unique hybrid beast that proves Strickland has not let his touch for creating entirely singular worlds…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    Though I can't pretend I was gagging for the return of Pixar's iconic Toy Story franchise, given the bittersweet but satisfying ending of the third instalment, Toy Story 4, helmed by Pixar up and comer Josh Cooley and (with a script by Cooley, Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton and even actress and writer Rashida Jones) once again showcases Pixar's ability to make melding gorgeous animation, child-friendly antics and more adult concerns look damned effortless. That being said, this film's story, which…

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  • The Happy Prince

    The Happy Prince

    ★★★½

    I know very little about the famous writer, socialite and wit-bomb dropper Oscar Wilde, beyond the basic rise-and-fall arc of his life that takes in his rise to fame in Britain as the mind behind The Picture of Dorian Grey and The Importance of Being Earnest, through to imprisonment and social outcast status following his outing as gay. That being said, writer/director Rupert Everett's focus in The Happy Prince is on what happened after the fall, and taking a biopic…

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★★

    With The Beguiled, Sophia Coppola returns with a steamy, sly and beautifully shot thriller, leanly and precisely adapting Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel of the same name (and not remaking the Don Siegel adaptation that first brought the novel to the screen). Set in the Deep South of Virginia in a United States torn apart by a Civil War now in its third year, the story centres on the erotic and violent goings-on that take place in a dilapidated schoolhouse…