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  • You Can Count on Me
  • Detour
  • Point Break
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  • Insight

    ½

  • Kajillionaire

    ★★★

  • The Guilty

    ★★½

  • Jumping the Broom

    ★★½

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  • Insight

    Insight

    Primarily watched this no-budget, sci-fi-tinged mind control MacGuffin for Californication's Madeline Zima, but it's headed up by its writer-director-star and martial artist, Ken Zheng, who looks like a small, chubby-faced child with a terrible haircut, making it impossible to buy him as a special-ops psychic.

    Cult favourites Tony Todd, Keith David and John Savage spout first draft exposition between melees of functional but totally flat fighting, and Sean Patrick Flanery is your Redbox villain when Thomas Jane is booked on…

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    ★★★

    Miranda July's patented, singular, sometimes over-determined absurdism and unpredictability soon settles into something grounded with a profound humanism and relatably painful family dynamics.

    Exploring a sociopathic, controlling, transactional parental relationship lacking all tenderness that has completely warped a weirdo daughter craving normality, an epiphany after 26 years of being brain fucked, that there is in fact another way to live and be, is unexpectedly overwhelming and affecting.

    With its closest comparable something like Dogtooth, if it went to Sundance, Kajillionaire

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  • The Fabulous Baker Boys

    The Fabulous Baker Boys

    ★★★★

    In my least favourite decade of film, The Fabulous Baker Boys is immediately one of my favourites of the '80s for being the polar opposite of the avarice represented by the era on-screen.

    Hard-bitten, wintery photography makes the bottom of show business feel bottomless; the small-time struggles of a lounge trio cut through with a line of smart-alecky cynicism as sharp and sad as unforgiving Seattle winds.

    Pithy patter masks fifteen years of pathetic artistic compromise, while a constant fog…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    In place of rapey anal jokes (unless you count the title), we've got an extended fingering gag!

    They may dress like it, but none of the characters or the makers of this repellant trash have any class or clue about acting like a gentleman.

    For a second time, Matthew Vaughn tries to sell us on the idea of Colin Firth's Harry Hart being a firm believer of "manners maketh man", but these are empty words, for this even fouler-mouthed sequel's…