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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    Roger Deakins the real star of 1917. His gliding, shifting, snaking, peering, tracking, ducking, diving, dodging, bobbing, weaving, sliding, scooting, whirling, climbing camerawork just sells the experience of being there with a visceral sense of urgency.

    That's all ably and stoically supported by quietly impressive performances from the leading duo of Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Blake and George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield.

    Sam Mendes' Great War tribute is a curious blend of very personal circumstance and wowza action…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★

    New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi has always been the magic elixir to make things better. His new movie Jojo Rabbit is yet another beneficiary of the sheer force of personality. The drama is well performed, the comedy well placed. The big question surrounding his passion project (is this a passion project?) was whether he could pull off the tonal balance. While his portrayal of Hitler as a complete dolt is the defining element of the movie overall, I think he…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    It's official. Robert Eggers' followup to his memorable, statement-making début horror The Witch from 2015, is the movie to beat this year for me. Granted, I haven't been able to see all these other must-see movies that the cool kids have seen (Jojo Rabbit; Parasite; Honey Boy; Waves) but The Lighthouse is one of those perception-skewing horrors that is going to be responsible for many a night's odd dreams. This is a fucking awesome, brutally weird, insanely performed and inexplicable…

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★★

    An all-time classic.