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  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

    Great noir stylings and some of the tensest explorations of paranoia in the series. De Palma really leans into the classic spy style with plenty of dutch angles and split-diopter shots, which in many ways make this feel old before its time when viewed in hindsight.

    P.S. Has Cruise always been this...angsty?

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★★

    Very schmaltzy - and oy, enough with the quantum already! - but this is possibly Marvel's most fun film? Really flies when it lets Rudd, Peña and Park basically turn this into an improvisational sitcom.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    There aren’t enough expletives or adjectives to express quite how much you need to see Fury Road.

    Its brutal war-torn world, built on the liquid viscera of blood, milk and oil, is a dystopia; but the future that Max (Hardy) and Furiosa (Theron) are fighting for feels gloriously utopian.

    It’s not just the visuals – a fire and brimstone hellscape conjured by Miller and DoP John Seale – that feel shockingly new, but the film’s politics. Fury Road is righteously,…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★

    Ant-Man is a tricky one to pin down, and for me a lot of it is because I'm wondering what Edgar Wright's vision would have been like. And not necessarily in the more obvious sense of how his vision would have *looked* because we all know the answer to that: fast cuts, clever wipes et. al.

    No, the real area where I miss his influence is in the acting. He's renowned for getting great comic performances out of his cast,…