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  • A Castle for Christmas

    ★★

  • Titane

    ★★★

  • Kingdom of Heaven

    ★★★

  • Shadow in the Cloud

    ★★★

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  • A Castle for Christmas

    A Castle for Christmas

    ★★

    For every easy jab you can make at this schmaltzy snow-capped romance, there’s something about it that demands just a little bit more attention. To wit:

    The depiction of Scotland is full of dodgy accents, patronising parochialism and cliché… but a small pub coming together for a riotous singalong of Loch Lomond is so disarmingly accurate that clearly somebody involved in the production has at least held a can of Irn Bru at some point. The romanticisation of Scotland dominates…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★

    I haven’t been so unprepared, so confused and so willing to see where this ride takes me since Holy Motors. Those crazy French! Titane did not bewitch me as much as that Carax joint, but it is a fascinating oddball of a movie that goes much softer on the “body horror” than I expected — in practice, it feels less horrified by the human body than fascinated by it, but fascinated to breaking point an enthusiastic amateur trying their hand…

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  • Wild Wild West

    Wild Wild West

    ★★★★★

    Wild Wild West opens with a man running through a forest, his first intelligible words are “giant spider”. Later on, its black protagonist is both nearly lynched and performs a belly dance in disguise as a woman. These concepts may as well be from different films and that’s only fitting, considering that Wild Wild West is a film that does not exist on its own merits. Everything about it is cannibalised from other sources, a spectacular implosion and fusion of…

  • Noah

    Noah

    ★★★★

    Finally, a film that's better than the book.