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  • Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    ★★★½

  • The Ash Tree

    ★★★

  • Peter's Friends

    ★★★★

  • In the Bleak Midwinter

    ★★★★

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  • Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing

    ★★★½

    Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed this! Lots of feeling for a certain kind of upper-middle-class Jewish-American experience built into this, with all of the film's charm delivered by its leads; Grey is just on the right side of bratty as Baby, playing her as a curious, if sheltered young woman open to experience, even as her well-meaning parents shield her from womanhood, and Swayze giving what might be his career-best performance as charismatic outsider Johnny, who spends his…

  • Alex Wheatle

    Alex Wheatle

    ★★★½

    An affecting character study of a lonely young man with latent writing talent who first has to reconcile and channel his own anger -- at growing up in a mostly-white boys home, at racial prejudice, at limited opportunities available to him, at the loneliness of his life -- as he finds solace in music in Brixton. While it's compelling enough, it's the least of the Small Axe films, as it feels like it has the least stakes (aside from a…

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  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    Initially interesting but increasingly meandering doc-xperiment feels ickier and less ethical as it wears on. What's more, its attack on assumed audience bloodlust is aimed in a way as to fundamentally misunderstand art's role in helping us make some semblance of sense of the senseless.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    The best new movie I've seen in over two years. Time bears out such claims, but my waters are telling me this is a genuine masterpiece. Bong's been making excellent films for nigh on two decades, but he's on a whole new level with this, a crystallisation of his entire career to date. A dazzlingly designed, tonally audacious and devastating dissection of late-capitalism class tension, wrapped up in an irresistibly entertaining multi-genre package, fronted by the peerless Song Kang-Ho, but, hell, everyone is pitch perfect here. Wow.