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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    An intimate and profound study of human evolution and rediscovery through presumed devolution and assumed recovery.

    Riz Ahmed embodies protagonist Ruben's journey of meltdown and inner conflict with an absolutely bravaura performance that may well, and for my money, should, win him an Oscar. He's absolutely incredible. The nature of the narrative requires much of the performance be silent and physical but his eyes are his character's soul and he bares it with rare and poignant artistry.

    An underappreciated but…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    A searing portrait of retaliatory predation, used to expose toxic male culpability via the perceived vulnerability they so lecherously stalk.

    This film is not shy about unmasking the indefensible, systemic leniency men are routinely afforded, while the women they leave in their rapey wake suffer the destructive, devastating consequences.

    It expertly demonstrates the way in which men (and women) aid and abet the abuser - either due to a misguided sense of legal principle, or, more frequently, to save their…

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  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★½

    What a pastel-paletted, people pleasing, frickin' riot. Haven't seen a film this brilliantly weird and dementedly joyous since Austin Powers.

    The first act is a total pleasure trove. I did not stop laughing at all. Its steam starts to thin out in the second act, as it conforms to stereotyoe a little, but it's still hella fun.

    It goes without saying that co-writers and stars Kristen Wigg (twice) and Annie Mumolo are incredible, but the real surprise is Jamie Dornan in a full blown, hyper-ridiculous comedy role. He's a revelation. His musical number (yep!), in particular, is shit your pants funny.

    Treat yourself.🍹💃🏼💃🏻🕺🏼🐢

  • Gandhi

    Gandhi

    ★★★★

    "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall - think of it, always."

    An epic in scale, theme and tribute to an astonishing man who deserved nothing less.

    The cinematography, logistics and finance required to believably recreate the vast expanses of place and time represented in this film must have…

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  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★

    Well, I'm glad Rosamund cared because I sure as shit didn't.

    Classic sell your soul to the devil for riches tale, done in a flash bang wallop way, that races to a stop midway through the second act when you realise that none of the (remaining) characters are even remotely interesting, redeemable or, ironically, worthy of your care.

    Supposed to be a sharp satirical shot at capitalism and the American dream, it's more of a blunt laudation of cuntery.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    YES!!! Just, fucking, yes!!

    We've been waiting SO goddamn long for this film to be released in the UK, and, although it's been horribly painful (not as painful as dying slowly in ICU), it was entirely worth it. It gave me exactly what I wanted but so much more than I was expecting. I loved it.

    It's life-affirming, funny, charming, romantic, complex, emotional and sophisticated, and Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg's chemistry is wildly enjoyable. They're both so charismatic invidiviually,…