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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Another Round
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle
  • The Thing

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  • Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight

    ★★★½

  • The Ladykillers

    ★★★★

  • A Lonely Place to Die

    ★★½

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★★

    I think I might have just found another contender to compete with the likes of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Outlaw Josey Wales at the top of one of my favourite movie niches—the “chill western”. As soon as I heard those guitar strings plucking away, paired with the dulcet tones of Leonard Cohen; accompanying the sight of Warren Beatty on horseback, riding through those rain-washed, forested mountain slopes—I knew I was in safe hands once again. This…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★★

    If Meek’s Cutoff was Reichardt’s look at demythologising the old norms of the American western, First Cow is her attempt to completely recontextualize them. I don’t know if any other entry in the genre has ever been quite this tender, or quite so human in its storytelling. It is a powerful, understated, compassionate piece of filmmaking, and one of the most immersive cinema experiences that I can remember.

    The real beauty of this film is its simplicity. It is first…

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  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

    Something about the tone of this had me really worried initially—much of it to do with the thick Southern accents that all the principal cast put on, which are a challenge not to laugh at and had me questioning what mood the film was ultimately aiming for (Adam Driver’s, in particular, just sounds all kinds of wrong). But just when I thought the film was making the wrong call to play everything dead straight, Seth MacFarlane showed up sporting the…

  • The Long Kiss Goodnight

    The Long Kiss Goodnight

    ★★★½

    “So you’re assumin’ I won’t shoot your sorry ass! And everyone knows, when you make an assumption, you make an ass outta you… and umption”.
    —Mitch Henessey

    If asked to pick out notable “amnesiac action movies”, you might naturally think of Total Recall or The Bourne Identity, but years before the latter mined the whole “action hero with memory loss piecing together the mysteries of their past” shtick that set off a franchise and a whole string of copycats, there…

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed the cinematography, the colours, and the choreography here far more than I did the music or the storyline (the latter of which was far more heavily inspired by Romeo and Juliet than I’d ever truly realised). Perhaps I just need a little more familiarity with the musical numbers to fully appreciate this for what it is, but I rarely felt completely swept up in Bernstein’s orchestration, even though I relished watching virtually everything else that was happening on…

  • Coming to America

    Coming to America

    ★★½

    From what I can gather, this is generally regarded to be one of John Landis’s strongest efforts; but I was stunned at what a disappointment it proved to be. What baffles me the most is how the film seems to be caught between several conflicting objectives: an apparent desire to lampoon western perceptions of the African continent and its people, by giving us a rendition of a fictionalised African nation (Zamunda) that in many ways plays up to the most…