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  • Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood
  • X
  • Happening
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

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  • Battle: Los Angeles

  • The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman

    ★★★

  • Vampyres

    ★★★½

  • Pyro... The Thing Without a Face

    ★★★

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    Aside from all its fantasy trappings, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's written and directed Everything Everywhere All at Once is a film with some very down-to-earth concerns. The film's cast, dominated by the fabulous Michelle Yeoh, plays a substantial role in solidifying the strength of its narrative as it hauls both its audience and disenchanted Chinese American Evelyn Wong (Yeoh) through an interdimensional fracture that unravels reality. Yeoh sinks her teeth into the kaleidoscopic role of the overworked laundromat co-owner,…

  • X

    X

    ★★★★

    The flawless attention to cinematic styles and horror tropes in the Ti West written and directed slasher film X provides the film to be something of a time capsule, reclaiming a bygone aesthetic without much modernisation or concern for contemporary tendencies in horror cinema. Set in Texas in the late-1970s, it portrays a group of six actors and filmmakers who embark on shooting a pornographic film on rural Texas property. As the group discusses their aspirations in their film achieving…

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  • Battle: Los Angeles

    Battle: Los Angeles

    Presumably realising that the screenplay is buckling with cardboard protagonists, director Jonathan Liebesman attempts to score points in Battle: Los Angeles by not skimping on shell casings after a giant spaceship appears over Los Angeles and aliens perform a street-to-street incursion. Why a technologically superior extraterrestrial race doesn't take out power and communications in the initial phase of their strategies, electing instead to take over the planet one street at a time, is just one of the many unanswered questions…

  • The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman

    The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman

    ★★★

    Paul Naschy's fifth outing as the cursed Werewolf Waldemar Daninski observes Elvira (Gaby Fuchs) and Genevieve (Barbara Capell), two nubile students searching for the final resting place of Countess Wandesa Dárvula de Nadasdy (Patty Shepard) a historical 11th-century vampiress. The Spanish horror movie, set in Northern France, soon finds Elvira and Genevieve lost. However, before long, they are supported in their search by the helpful Daninsky to uncover the vampire's tomb and unwittingly raise her from her grave.

    The vampire…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    So it's finally here, the reshot and retooled alternate version of the 2017 box office bomb Justice League. Now admittedly, Zack Snyder's films, along with those of Michael Bay, have never been able to fill me with joyous anticipation. Still, I've had protracted intentions of watching this after all the ridiculous and childish absurdities of the years of online campaigning of #ReleasetheSnyderCut. This campaign saw a loud and primarily obnoxious community insisting they were being denied access to a secret…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    1917 is an emotionally harrowing and memorable experience. It’s a movie in which Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) utilises long takes to give the impression of it being one continuous shot, as opposed to an authentic one-shot movie such as Sebastian Schipper’s magnificent Victoria. The trick/gimmick very quickly becomes subordinate however as the story itself is so absorbing, but it’s nonetheless an extraordinary feat, and the crew spent months harmonising shots and sequences so that everything would be…