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  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★

    MALCOLM & MARIE has the artifice of authenticity, but is horrendously overwritten and doesn’t come across as real in any sense.  It is essentially a series of overwrought monologues, where the couple argue without listening to each other in an episodic manner which quickly becomes repetitive and frankly boring.  It often feels like some kind of boxing match through the medium of film dialogue - shouting matches punctuated by fag breaks or toilet stops before they start again.  Good soundtrack and cinematography mind.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    Watched again because the kids are going through another Avengers phase - I am astounded that a six and four year old can sit through a three hour fantasy film aimed at overgrown children.

    Against my better judgement, I very much enjoy Endgame.  I think it is the confidence and the sheer momentum of its storytelling, and the fact the for just this one, the stakes feel high.

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  • Custody

    Custody

    ★★★★½

    CUSTODY cleverly opens with a divorce settlement scene which puts both parents on an even keel, before slowly releasing the monster that is the father. The tension mounts brilliantly throughout, before the film concludes as an effective all out horror. The scenes with the father and son in the car, are some of the most excruciatingly tense I have seen.

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★★

    Watched again in order to introduce it to my second born.  He is only four and he spent the entire two hours transfixed.

    ET still stands up as a film that is magical and profound.  It is guaranteed to have me sobbing in the final third.  I don’t care.  Some people might gravitate towards Spielberg’s more ‘grown up’ output, but few of his films accomplish what they set out to achieve in quite the same way as this classic.

    Other notes;

    - Fantastic lighting throughout
    - Stranger Things can’t out-ET ET