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  • Gloria Bell

    Gloria Bell

    ★★½

    I have a kneejerk suspicion of films where the title of the film is a character name, not necessarily because it's lazy, but because either it relies on a name imbued with too much textual meaning, or because it offers no reading of the film whatsoever. Gloria Bell falls somewhere between the two, though it's definitely a film that flirts too frequently with a predictable approach to its material (and not even because it's a self-authored remarke).

    The titular Bell,…

  • Flores

    Flores

    ★★★

    The ghosts of colonialism and environmental-panic shade the world a purple hue in this brooding treacle of a short film, though it doesn't quite gestate into something more than the sum of its photography. Gets by plenty well on the quiet poeticism of a world torn prettily asunder though.

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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★½

    It's a shame that the ecstatic horse chase sequence that carries the film past the 20 minute mark is so short, in part because it's a peak realisation of the offbeat, borderline flamboyant choreography this series has doubled down on time and time again, but also because it's at this point the plot kicks in. Wait what? Plot? At what point did the creative team get their wires crossed and think repetitive entreaties were what John Wick needed more of?…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★★

    This is more of a meat and potatoes affair than most of Joon-Ho's other works, with most of the creativity being found in the staging and mise-en-scene, but it's still a completely idiosyncratic experience. If you can get on board with the B-movie sci-fi premise - that after an apocalyptic event the remainder of human life on Earth is confined to a train split heavily by social strata - then this is a riproaring action film that plays its social…