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  • The Girl From Plainville

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

  • Uncharted

    ★★★½

  • Moonfall

    ★★★

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    I made a joke early on in the pandemic that as a self-diagonsed social introvert, I had been preparing my whole life for what the world has been going through. I sniggered at outgoing friends agonising over the fact they couldn't go out on the weekends and party; I did not feel guilty at all that I was forced to NOT see my family for long extended periods of time and just thought it was plain weird that people missed…

  • The Dry

    The Dry

    ★★★★

    In the early to mid 2000's, Ray Lawrence directed two excellent Australian films that centred on tragedy and loss; Lantana and Jindabyne were very different films, but both managed to craft Australian stories out of something that wasn't a lark, but rather serious and thought-provoking.
    They were interesting to me as some of the better Australian films at the time because so much of what is popular from this country so often falls around larrikins and almost larger than life…

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★

    This really shouldn’t be a film; I’m still not certain it is. So much of this plays out more like some kind of dream sequence than anything resembling an actual movie. And not even in some fucked up, John Malkovich going through the doorway into his own kind of fucked up. There is so little of this that feels like it could be Being Nicholas Cage, and its mostly because the story here is just so pedestrian.

    Everything in this…

  • The Dropout

    The Dropout

    ★★★★

    Outside of the US, most people would not have heard of the scandal that The Dropout is based on; unless you listened to the podcast off which this series was developed.

    It will now be binged; but no matter how you watch this one, the sense that this story seems insane, that this scenario was allowed to continue to escalate to the point where it all crashed down, is hard to ignore. That moment took almost a decade for it…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    This absolutely was going to be a tough one for me. Going into The Favourite, there was a feeling in my bones that Lanthimos’ follow up to Killing of a Sacred Deer would be difficult to match and I don’t feel I was wrong. To preface, that comment shouldn’t take anything away from the how good The Favourite is; impeccable direction and cinematography, brilliant performances from Coleman, Stone and Weisz. But for fans of this burgeoning auteur, The Favourite may…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    No matter how many movies I watch, there is one dangerous thing that I never learn from when it comes to sitting down to watch something for the first time; that there is nothing worse than having expectations. The problem with this idea is that it’s impossible not to form expectations, as it is this exact thing that allows us to decide whether we should invest our time in what is being sold to us.
    I’ve absolutely gone on the…