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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★★½

    Beyond the usual blarney about desecrating the corpse of a beloved film, there’s one golden rule for reboots: you need to bring something new to the table. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – where there are both fun and games – does just that, reinventing the original’s board-bound world for a digital generation.

    Turning Jumanji into a videogame is such an obvious and ingenious move that it’s a wonder it’s taken 20 years. The concept is used most effectively when…

  • Nocturama

    Nocturama

    ★★★★

    A fascinating deconstruction of a terrorist attack - almost does for them what Reservoir Dogs did for heists - though in a much more clinical fashion.

    Details and motivations are kept to an absolute minimum, abstracting this crime from any real-world context. The result zeroes in on the determination, ingenuity, fear and paranoia of the teenage perpetrators, though their age does leave this feeling like Bugsy Malone at a few points.

    Bonello's direction is smart and stylised, and Fabrice Rouaurd's…

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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,…