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  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★

    Visually unforgettable; the first half is quietly mesmerising in its presentation of people desperately trying to break from conformity. The second half is just a dream, the platonic ideal of modern Noir.

    It's a shame that the story at the centre couldn't quite hold me. Whereas Ida - in retrospect one of the best films of this decade - broke my heart a million times over, the focal romance of Cold War feels a little, well, cold. I love Pawlikowski's…

  • Adam's Rib

    Adam's Rib

    ★★★

    A relentlessly funny, basically flawless opening half hour gives way to fairly average courtroom drama and a dull love triangle subplot. It's a shame as Tracy and Hepburn are characteristically perfect together, whilst Cukor layers the opening third with genuinely intelligent shot choices that simultaneously create suspense and laughter. Still, the courtroom drama feels uninspired and David Wayne's Kip Lurie is painfully irritating. Not to mention, the film's astonishing, trailblazing feminism is undercut by a somewhat flippant ending. Still, this…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Fuck, and I thought Civil War was bad...

    Infinity War is the apotheosis of Marvel's vendetta against storytelling, begun in earnest in 2015, which has since come to overwhelm all of their Avengers movies.

    At the end of Infinity War, Thanos wins. He kills half the universe. THIS is the genuinely experimental ending people have been promising. When Marvel fans have bleated over the years that the MCU is structured like a season of television, with each film being an…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★

    Marvel continue their streak of lush visual palettes previously seen in Thor: Ragnarok and Dr. Strange. Black Panther is a genuinely visually inventive blockbuster, and I was a huge fan of how it melded elements of Afro-Futurism into its look. Its unique blend of sci-fi and African architecture makes Wakanda feel far more interesting than your average CGI cityscape. Ludwig Göransson's score is also easily the best a Marvel film has ever had, and Kendrick comes through with some incredible…