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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    Burning is possibly the best film I've seen all year. This masterpiece is the result of celebrated Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong adapting the short story 'Barn Burning', written by one of the greatest living novelists, Haruki Murakami.

    The drama follows Lee Chong-Su (Ah-In Yoo, considerably far away from the regality of his most known roles), a bored individual who spends his days waiting for the next opportunity to see his only friend, Haemi (Jong-seo Jeon), who's currently off on a…

  • Boy Erased

    Boy Erased

    ★★

    Following Desiree Akhavan's The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Joel Edgerton's Boy Erased is the second major film of the past year to tackle the subject of gay conversion therapy, a process that somehow still prospers in many parts of the US.

    Adapted (very loosely, I suspect) by writer/director Edgerton from Garrard Conley's memoirs, Boy Erased follows the struggle of Conley - renamed here as Jared Eamons and played by Lucas Hedges, who similarly essayed a closeted teen in last year's…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★

    Spectre is like one of those boutique magazines you find in hotel rooms and on passenger planes. It's printed on glossy paper, immaculately designed and packed with appealing products, but devoid of engaging content.

    Read the review by Eric Hillis

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    As early as its customary opening crawl, I began to have a bad feeling about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In what plays like a dig at the current leader of the free world (who was pictured earlier this year watching Rogue One on Air Force One), the word 'RESISTANCE' appears in upper-case letters, an early worrying sign that real world, outside forces may be intruding on this most endearingly innocent of escapist worlds.

    This is nothing new of course…