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  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★★

    Of all the wondrous things I was expecting to see in High Life, I was not expecting one of them to be a prominently featured Scotland rugby match and Flower of Scotland.

    This is the new deep-fried kebab.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★

    After one of the most garbled openings to a major blockbuster that I can remember, it really picks up when it hits Earth (or C-53). Only partly because that’s when Leonard Cohen and PJ Harvey posters start cropping up in the background and Garbage, No Doubt and Elastica hit the soundtrack.

    As the fog lifts and Carol Danvers’ story becomes clearer, it starts connecting emotionally and comedically. Like, her character just snaps when she’s Earthbound and she starts freely quipping,…

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  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    ★★

    9/11 porn for the easily manipulated.

  • Apocalypto

    Apocalypto

    ★★★★½

    A truly remarkable work of action cinema from a director who really knows how mix together a thrilling cinematic cocktail (2 parts adrenalin to 1 part mysticism, with a turbo-charged shot of viscera for extra kick).

    It's essentially a chase movie and it's near-relentless. It looks great, with some rough-and-ready use of handheld and body-mounted cameras. It flows well, with economic character set-up before it all kicks off. It ratchets up the tension and offers some wonderful set piece action…