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  • Minority Report

    Minority Report

    ★★★★

    Minority report is Spielberg at his pinnacle, an extremely well-crafted, elaborately designed thriller that is equal parts Philip K. Dick as it is Alfred Hitchcock - especially the way how Spielberg mounts the tension with some terrific set-pieces is a nod to the hitch. The pacing looses a bit towards the end, but that caveat aside, along with Munich, this is Spielbergs finest work of the 00's

  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    ★★★

    Instagram. the most vapid outlier of our Social Media culture, has been rife for an enviscerating satire that holds up a mirror to our narcissistic insta-culture and Sundance darling Ingrid Goes West only delivers half of that inspiring premise. The main issue is that the film is just as wishy-washy and surficial as the medium that it is trying to mock and never dares to push its premise into unexpected or thrilling territory. The film makes perfect use of Plaza's…

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  • Strangers on a Train

    Strangers on a Train

    ★★★★

    You'll be in the grip of Love's strangest trip.

    Hitchcock always takes a devilish glee in pitting two men against one another, but his style has rarely been as effective as with this taut, edge of your seat thriller. All the Hitckcockian traits are there : the Wrong-Man-at-the-wrong-time motive, the doppelgänger-obsession (channelled through Hitch's daughter Pat Hitchcock's performance as Barbara) and an array of dazzling and masterfully planned shots (The ferris ride-finale is magnificent). Strangers on a Train is a…

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★

    While Pixar once took the reigns of smart, all four quadrant-orientated animated story-telling, current animation seems to miss the spark that's both igniting and fueling my childlike imagination. Watching The Iron Giant (for the first time, *bashfully ashamed*) reminds me that once there was an era, an era that wasn't dictated by pixelated worlds, humdrum storytelling and flimsy characters. An era that seems to be a forlorn past in the light of current affairs (Turbo, Epic, The Croods and another…