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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★

    “I never go anywhere. I just dream about it.”

    Luca is undeniably “minor” Pixar, closer to something like Brave or Onward than it is to Inside Out or Up. After all, while Luca features its share of harpoon-wielding monster hunters, the movie’s biggest threats are a local bully and pursuing parents. Luca has perhaps the lowest stakes of any Pixar film since at least Monsters University, and that was a prequel.

    Still, Luca works remarkably well, in large part because…

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★½

    “I’m just a man…”

    Nobody is a welcome and worthy addition to the modern geriaction genre, largely elevated by a surprisingly charming sense of humour about the power fantasy at its core. Nobody is wry and self-aware, built around both a strong central performance from Bob Odenkirk and an understanding of the crisis in masculinity that informs and shapes so much of the modern genre. The film suffers a little bit it its third act, lacking the verve and vinegar…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    It is probably a bit early to say this on first watch, but I’m pretty confident: The Rise Of Skywalker may be the worst Star Wars film. It is also the worst film that JJ Abrams has made.

    The real tragedy of The Rise Of Skywalker is that it is designed to appease the type of audience who - by definition - can never be appeased. And it works so hard to appease them that it alienates everybody else.

    Full review: the m0vie blog

  • Black Mirror: Smithereens

    Black Mirror: Smithereens

    ★★★½

    Smithereens is probably the strongest of the three fifth season episodes, taken from beginning to end. There are a number of reasons for this.

    Most subtly, Black Mirror has reached the point where it has covered enough ground that perhaps there aren’t too many high concepts left to explore, and so the only logical thing left to do is to mash a few of them together, outside of anthology frameworks like White Christmas or Black Museum. And so Smithereens is…