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

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  • Ron's Gone Wrong

    ★★★

  • The Social Dilemma

    ★★★

  • Paycheck

    ★★

  • Early Man

    ★★★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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  • Early Man

    Early Man

    ★★★½

    Struggling to see why this has such a low average on here (and in general, for that matter). It may not be top-tier Aardman, but there’s more than enough charm and humour in this to raise it above mere middling status. Granted, the conceit is pretty absurd—Stone Age man learning to play football in order to win back their home valley from their ruthless Bronze Age neighbours—but when has an absurd premise ever held back Aardman before? A Wensleydale-obsessed inventor…

  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    ★★★

    Given the torrid production history of this passion project from Terry Gilliam—one that took him some 29 years to get financed and shot after countless shutdowns and set-backs—it’s perhaps no real surprise to find that the finished product is a bit of an incoherent mess; though, there is some entertainment value to be gleaned from its bizarre, meta-infused, absurdist adventure, as well as some familiar Gilliamesque humour and idiosyncratic flourishes that will please many fans of the man’s work. As…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    Wouldn’t we all like to live deliciously?

    It’s good to put things into perspective. Despite all the biblical-scale madness happening this year, be thankful you’re not a God-fearing peasant farmer living in the bleak 1600s, procreating uncontrollably, banished for your supposed misdeeds, forced to scratch a living off dirt, plagued by blighted crops, tormented by demonic livestock, and cursed by a satanic coven of witches who dwell in the creepy woods behind your house.

    This is such an assured and…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★½

    I would quite happily sit down and watch an extended bonus feature where Antonius Block and Death do little more than play a protracted game of chess, exchange the odd quip, and ponder the meaning of life.