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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    It's been suggestive for a while that Christopher McQuarrie is one of the best action directors currently working but with Fallout, it's clear he is master of the action sequence and even the two-and-a-half hour running time doesn't diminish the impressiveness of the movie and how, just when you think the sequence is over, it's amped to 11.

    Storywise, I was happy to see Ving Rhames have a genuinely moving moment in the middle of an action movie and please, more Rebecca Ferguson. She is, as ever, amazing.

  • Extinction

    Extinction

    ★★★

    An interesting concept that is a bit undone but some of the gaping holes in the story - namely the history and motivation of the invading forces.

    I did love the unique design of the invaders, namely how they feel like something out of a Terry Gilliam movie, but overall, I thought this could have been better with a little more focus on story.

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★

    I’ve liked, though not always enjoyed. Lars von Trier’s offerings over the past few years but for some reason, likely the combination of length and expectation, Melancholia escaped me. With his new film due for festival runs this winter, the time seemed ripe to catch up with his 2011 offering. Why did I wait so long?

    Undeniably beautiful, Melancholia is also my favourite of von Trier’s works. It’s his exploration of a woman suffering through depression on her wedding day…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    I have a few issues with it - namely the motivation behind one of the central moments in the 3rd act and a too-long action sequence - but otherwise, it's a total lovefest.

    At one point, I was so joyously happy, I even got a little teary-eyed.