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  • Black Peter

    Black Peter

    ★★★½

    Terrific feature length debut for Forman that’s a lot funnier than expected, due to a wonderful eye for the self-deluding foibles of teenagers on the make (especially young men) and a young cast who play it perfectly, even as it subtly layers in a gentle satire of what it’s like to be caught up in a totalitarian society (especially at the market where Peter works).

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended

    ★★★

    Original in design, entertaining enough and full of ingenious ways to weaponise Skype and social media against its characters, but it’s another in the long-term cycle of horror/slashers concerned with punishing vapid young people for their terrible behaviour — the fatal flaw of which is, always, that its characters are irredeemable assholes and all we have to cheer for is the killer, who (especially here) has no qualities or personality of any kind (and of the footage we see of…

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  • 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.

  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    ★½

    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.