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  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    ★★★

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II recycles the same puzzling configurations whilst building upon its gory labyrinthine lore. After commencing with an unnecessary brief recap of Kirsty’s father’s murder, an event that powered her motives in the original feature released just a year before this instalment, she is now admitted into a psychiatric hospital after continually reciting events of sadist Cenobites and their cultish leader Pinhead “S&M-ing” her house up with chains and blood. However, with Kirsty’s father, uncle and stepmother all ripped…

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★½

    Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the decade-long hunt for bin Laden with profound neutrality. Darkness. A blank screen echoes the desperate screams and howls of innocent civilians telephoning their loved ones before the World Trade Centre crumbled over them. 2,977 fatalities. Over 25,000 injuries. “9/11”, at the hands of Islamic fundamentalist group al-Qaeda, became the “deadliest terrorist attack in human history”. The Bush administration swiftly launching the “War on Terror” to depose the Taliban, after the proposed extradition of leader Osama…

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    Ad Astra galactically depicts sorrow, proving that no one can hear you cry in space. For the past few years, dramas set in the expansive dangers of space have been my bread and butter. Devouring them during my annual breakfast as I purposefully starve myself for the taste of space traversal. Every year, the likes 'Arrival', 'Blade Runner 2049', 'First Man', 'Interstellar' and my all-time favourite film 'Gravity', have secured scores ranging from outstanding to perfect. Whilst Ad Astra may…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Midsommar brightly dances through fields of tulips to create an unsettling depiction of emasculation. "That was a waste of time" muttered the viewers behind me. "What on earth is going on?" laughed the friends in front of me. "That was hilarious!" chuckled the imprudent heterosexual lads as I was walking out. Rather infuriatingly, as with most cases of contemporary filmmaking, I yearned to instantly throw a rebuttal at their faces. "What did you expect?".

    Sure, A24 were excessively marketing this…