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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    So Metaphorical.
    For many months I have been following the hype that has surrounded Parasite but simultaneously avoiding any plot details or marketing. After dodging spoilers left, right and center, I got tickets to one of the earliest UK screenings I could find and went in blind.
    Well, of course, Parasite lived up to the hype and then some.
    Intense and hyper-detailed filmmaking from director Bong Joon-ho leaves you on the edge of your seat as you watch the events…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    Hope is a Dangerous Thing.
    Once in a while, a film comes along that pushes cinema to its limits
    1917 is that film and more so.
    We've seen the 'unbroken take' in cinema before but never on a scale as grand as this. Director Sam Mendes and Cinematographer Roger Deakins create one of the most authentic portrayals of war ever put to the screen as you follow the soldiers in real time with no generic Hollywood tropes to pull you…

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  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    Do You Know What a Harlequin is?
    Bright, loud and colourful, Birds of Prey has the unfortunate task of being a sequel to Suicide Squad but works to its strengths with it's more mature rating and focusing on Robbie's Harley Quinn.
    DC's answer to Deadpool, it takes a while to get used to the R/15 rating with an excessive and tedious amount of swearing but once it gets the f-bombs out of its system it makes the most of it…

  • Girlhood

    Girlhood

    ★★★½

    Shine Bright Like a Diamond.
    Completing Céline Sciamma's coming of age trilogy, Girlhood steps into new territory showing the gritty story of a young teen growing up in the monochrome housing estates on the outskirts of Paris.
    After many doors are closed on her in personal life and education, Marieme (who later becomes Vic), played brilliantly by Karidja Touré falls into a group of girls that encourage distressing behaviour yet use this as a bonding exercise growing closer as a…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    With Great Power...
    Believe the Hype.
    Spider-Verse is one of the finest animations I have ever seen and has instantly shot to one of my favourite films of the year. I have never seen a film like it.
    Every so often one of those films comes along that feels like it's made for you. The comic book vibrant pop-art style animation, multiverses, superheros and the quick-witted humour that Lord & Miller nail so well, made for me - a cinematic experience…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★★

    Till the End of the Line.
    After 11 years of build up, it somehow lives up to every expectation I had. Endgame truly feels like something special. We have never seen a cinematic event to this scale and magnitude and we won't see one again for quite some time.
    Completely tonally unique, it treads new ground for the modern blockbuster with jaw dropping attention to detail going into this final piece of the puzzle.
    The three hour runtime flew by,…