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  • Anima

    Anima

    ★★★★★

    So Anima turns out to be PTA and Thom Yorke's representation of contemporary urban life, that feels something akin to Pink Floyd's The Wall but where Yorke stumbles around the tube and abstract spaces like a hobo Mr Bean.

    I dig it.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    It's long and bloated and incredibly callous with its own internal logic and structure but it's kind of glorious selfcelebratory nonsense to such a degree that alot of it by the end really didn't bother me due to the sheer number of "FUCK YEAH" moments throughout the final hour or so. Very funny, very moving, occasionally shocking but always silly and fun. Fanservice done right.

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★★

    This film gave me a migraine. Congratulations...

    #ThanksIHateIt

  • Missing Link

    Missing Link

    ★★★★

    Missing Link is everything you would expect from a Laika film at this point, as the more dramatically composed and stylistically stranger cousins to the beloved British Aardman. It’s funny, engaging, well told and performed, technically astonishing and agreeably entertaining for everyone. Even if it doesn’t quite match the dramatic or emotional potency of their other films, this globetrotting comedy adventure sets its sights on its ambitions and modestly accomplishes them.

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  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    ★★★

    Pet Sematary is a solidly put together horror that doesn’t quite reach the greatness of memorability that it's aiming for, but as a King story hits the beats and nods that it needs too with some confidence. It gets by on the dedication of its performances and the technical abilities of its makers, more so than its short-changed and choppy screenplay.

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  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★

    Dumbo is by far and away the weakest and least thought-out live-action Disney adaptation to date. Lost in a void of damp spectacle and muted colours, the film is ugly, arch and mean without much purpose, checking off the beats and call-backs as it goes along with a busy and uninvolving screenplay and visual pallet. Had it been stranger or more daring in approach, it might have been something more memorable.

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  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★★

    Shazam! could end up being one of the biggest surprises of 2019, but given how strong the conceptual foundations it’s working from are, this could never have gone too far wrong by sticking to what best works about the character and approach. As funny, modest and well performed as the film ends up being, what lingers is the warmth of the heart at its centre.

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★★

    The final shot of Us is one of the funniest, cheekiest punchlines I've seen to a film in years.

    I'd have given it 5 stars alone for that but this is honestly such an imaginative, frightening, funny and nuts piece of filmmaking and storytelling as it stands, with one hell of a leading lady playing two equally compelling roles. Frightfully original, endlessly reverent and marks Peele as the master we all imagined he might become by taking on the same…

  • Boy Erased

    Boy Erased

    ★★★

    Boy Erased is a comedown after Edgerton’s riveting debut, and certainly makes Cameron Post looks like the stronger and more identifiably unique of the two, but it’s elevated by some strong and committed performances – especially from Crowe – and has its heart and mind in the right place as a reminder of the ill’s still present in American society.

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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    If Beale Street Could Talk was always going to be an interesting follow-up for Jenkins and co., and if not quite as strong or vitally stimulating as their accomplished predecessor, it still manages to make it feel fresh and alive with passion and splendour, with a plethora of great performances and swallowed by an all-encompassing atmosphere.

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  • The Kid Who Would Be King

    The Kid Who Would Be King

    ★★★★

    The Kid Who Would Be King might be looked over by much of today’s more jaded audience members, but the fact that this modestly budgeted fantast adventure managed to make it into cinemas this wide in this day and age is something worth celebrating and routing for. It’s an absolutely terrific kids fantasy and adventure film that’s unashamedly proud of being just that.

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  • RBG

    RBG

    ★★★★

    RBG might do very little for the unconverted, opening on a wave of vocal dissent from powerful men and women only to laugh in the face of them, but it does come back to the fact that the fight for ongoing injustices and inequality goes on and that she’s certainly not done fighting yet. It’s a very fun and enjoyably put together documentary, and if not all that challenging it does the great woman justice on screen.

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