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  • Jennifer's Body
  • The Cremator
  • Wolfwalkers

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  • Sweat

    ★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★

  • Alien

    ★★★★½

  • The Twentieth Century

    ★★

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  • Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt)

    Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt)

    ★★★

    6.5
    Amazon Prime Video

    Australian writer/director Monica Zanetti’s debut feature is a crowd-pleasing, big-hearted LGBTQ+ coming-of-age rom-com interlaced with elements of fantasy, the powerful central message of which helps set aside the clunky nature of some of the storytelling.

    Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) is at its strongest when focusing on the winningly awkward budding romance between teens Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) and Abbie (Zoe Terakes). Both Hawkshaw and Terakes are excellent throughout- the former dorkishly charming with her head…

  • Apples

    Apples

    ★★★½

    7
    MUBI

    -Spoilers-

    What a fascinating, strangely moving, ever-so-slightly infuriating film this is: probably about right considering debut director Christos Nikou's connection to the so-called "Greek Weird Wave" (he was part of Yorgos Lanthimos' crew on Dogtooth, I believe). Simple on the surface, Apples has an impressive amount of layers and subtext, but is ultimately just a little too ambiguous and opaque for its own good.

    The film is set in modern-day Greece, however it appears that we are in…

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  • The Twentieth Century

    The Twentieth Century

    ★★

    5
    MUBI

    I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately, without any knowledge of Canadian history, politics or culture I felt as though most of the "message" went straight over my head. To this end, whilst I assume that all of the weird stuff- the ejaculating cactus, the main character's shoe fetish, the cross-dressing, etc- entails a commentary on Canada's place in the world, without any context it just felt like observing an inside joke to which I was not a…

  • The Street

    The Street

    ★★★★½

    8
    Amazon Prime Video

    The pace of change can be blinding, and it is all too easy to forget about those who it leaves behind. Zed Nelson’s timely, thought-provoking and deeply compassionate documentary, which portrays the rapid and seemingly unstoppable gentrification of a single London street (Hoxton Street) over the course of a four-year period, aims to give a voice to those who might otherwise be forgotten about.

    Adopting a roving, informal, slightly chaotic style in which people are interviewed…

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    9.5
    NowTV
    Rewatch (2nd viewing)

    On rewatch, there are a couple of things that bugged me slightly: Jack's descent into madness seems to happen extremely suddenly and without making it very clear that he is falling under the spell of the hotel (apparently Kubrick removed some scenes that were shot which seemingly would have made this transition a little less jarring); and Danny's "shining" abilities actually don't play as big of a role in the story as we are initially…

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★

    7.5
    DVD

    On the strength of Jackie Brown, Tarantino should do adapted screenplays more often. Elmore Leonard's twisty-turny crime dramas are a good fit for Tarantino's style and aesthetic, and, I suspect as a result of the material he was adapting from, Jackie Brown has, arguably, the strongest, clearest plotting, some of the best characters and the most genuine emotion in his entire filmography. It has both style and substance.

    As always, the direction is superb from start to finish:…