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  • Hotel Mumbai

    Hotel Mumbai

    ★★★½

    Entertaining? Yes. Exploitative? Also yes.

    This is a pretty tense, well crafted thriller (albeit a little overlong). However, much like the attack it is based on, Hotel Mumbai adds up to little more than a whole lot of pointless murdering.

    Given the political climate surrounding Muslims in so much of the Western world, I really don’t think this was a tactful choice of event to dramatise...seeing as any depiction of these particular events is going to find it hard not to reinforce a lot of negative Muslim stereotypes. And this one barely tries to be tactful.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★★

    This is definitely my favourite film of 2019 so far.

    As was the case with Moonlight, Barry Jenkins expresses a clear mastery of painting emotionally resonant cinematic moments with beautiful colour, framing, and sound design. Not to mention the performances which are often so captivating. As a director, Jenkins knows how to use every tool at his disposal and the result is encapsulating cinema.

    Beale Street offers so much; from simply beautiful, intimate moments of romance to quiet conversations about…

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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★★

    [This review was removed in accordance with the first two rules of Fight Club]

  • Juliet, Naked

    Juliet, Naked

    ★★★★★

    NZIFF 2018
    #14 of 15

    Objectively, this film is really four stars at best; an overly sweet little rom-com. But fuck it, I had a great time!

    The rom-com genre is one which, from what I’ve seen, feels like it is 95% populated with trash. But every now and then I come across one that is genuinely charming and pure feel-good. This is a breezy, witty, occassionally cheesy film.

    The charm and comedic sensibilities of the three leads are absolutely…