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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★

    The action's still phenomenal but this is absolutely a franchise running off fumes. Each chapter picking up seconds after the other is an interesting conceit - but it pretty much means that, four and a half hours on - the emotional through-line that powered the first hasn't been refreshed. It's slipped from being a revenge saga into just being, really, a bunch of stuff.

    It's camper and more grandiose than Chapter 2, so'll please those of you that loved all…

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    On the one hand, this is a franchise movie based on a globally recognised kid-friendly property that actually remembers to be for kids. That's fair enough and pretty rare. A lot of kids films are actually mostly developed for 25-35 y/o men. It's great that the pitch here really is that this is for kids but if adults want to see some 3D-rendered Pokemon that's fine, they can come. Shazam almost did something similar only they put a bunch of…

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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★★

    Viewing #4 of my favourite film of the year so far down, this time in IMAX. It makes a difference on the motorball stuff, those sequences are even better here, with that aspect ratio shift.

    I'll keep it short this time but one thing I really like about Alita's script - which seems to be the main target of criticism - is that it has the confidence not to undercut itself with, like, endless quips. It feels expansive and sincere…

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★★

    Appropriately enough for a film about a human brain transported into a super-sophisticated robot body it can barely make sense of, Alita: Battle Angel is just an incredibly 90s script wired into a totally cutting-edge production, something only really $200 million in 2018 could've delivered.

    I really mean this: the production design here - everything about how it looks and feels - is totally bonkers, absolutely breath-taking. There's a lot here that is strange or frustrating. I also adored every…