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  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★★

    This is just so much more fun than I was expecting. The pace doesn't let up, the jokes don't undermine the plot, and it managed to surprise and freak me out a lot without making me actually like, scared or stressed out. A balm. Love the costumes, love the french pop, love the architecture. I didn't even find the vlog conceit annoying... I particularly loved watching how the follower count increased as the film went on. Somebody get me a martini.

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    The Spook Who Sat by the Door

    ★★★★

    A satire that's as serious and convincing (not that I needed much convincing) as any I've seen. There's a slightly flat, almost documentary quality to the film-making which really pays off when the endgame starts to ramp up. The FBI almost tried to destroy this film - I'm thrilled that it survives.

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  • Maurice

    Maurice

    ★★★★★

    A beautiful, lush, sensual masterpiece. Manages to make cricket seem sexy and fun! That's almost all you need to know right there.

    The costumes are so beautiful. And yet you're aware from the start that this society is dangerous, dangerously constraining. You can feel it trying to close around Maurice like a noose... as soon as he leaves Cambridge it's like there's a ticking clock set in motion. And of course everything is tied up in class, as well as…

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★★

    a beautiful work of art that will last forever