Tom Lawson
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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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    Checks all the boxes for what a summer blockbuster should do, offering up sensational spectacle and thrilling action in service of a twisty, fast-paced plot that continuously pulls the rug out from under its audience. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie plays a kind of invisible Houdini, crafting situations that, true to the film's title, seem nigh-on impossible to accomplish from a filmmaking perspective and impossible for his characters to wriggle their way out of. But we wouldn't have a movie if this…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

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    Every once in a while, I'll stumble across a film which completely envelops me inside its world. The walls of the theatre and the sides of the screen disappear, and my mind is utterly entranced by the pictures and sound which play before me. It's a rare, magical experience, and Damien Chazelle's La La Land is one of those films. There's not a trace of cynicism in his musical romance, a sweet, showtune-filled love letter to Old Hollywood and the…

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  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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    I am stunned.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

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    Watched at the Prince Charles Cinema in 70mm. Being so close to the screen and seeing the movie projected in its original format really helped me appreciate the artistry and craft behind it. I have every beat of the story imprinted in my brain from watching it so much as a kid, but even with knowing everything that was about to happen I still felt the thrills and tension of the adventure. John Williams really brings it all to life, and despite a few scratches to the film reels I was totally sucked in (and to be honest, the damage actually added somehow to the experience).

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

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    I'd be beating a dead, pulpy, blood-soaked horse if I mentioned how goddamn gorgeous Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon is. But I'm going to anyway; this is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Refn has delivered his new masterpiece, a caustic satire of the modelling industry, with sharp digital photography as razor-edged as the cold-blooded young women who've been chewed up and spat out by the industry they've dared to aim for. Anyone who thinks…

  • Disobedience

    Disobedience

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    Sincere thanks to Danny Cohen for filming Britain exactly how it appears in everyday life - drab, grey, and cold. I have never felt more culturally represented.