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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    “Son, never put a fish in your car”

    It’s not quite the masterpiece I was expecting, but The Irishman instead uses its extended running time to offer up something I didn’t expect at all.
    A huge 160 million dollar epic character piece that’s utterly compelling, but surprisingly pensive, introspective and comfortable with long moments of silence.

    I’ts fair to say that I walked in with preconceived notions of this being Goodfellas Part 2 but instead I was treated to a sprawling narrative that…

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★½

    On paper, it’s an impossible task to follow up on 62 spectacular hours of television that concluded with one of the most satisfying endings of all time, so the big question leading into Sony & Netflix’s El Camino was, “do we really need a continuation of Breaking Bad?”
    And as much as it pains me to say.. it turns out that we really didn’t.

    Don’t get me wrong, on many levels, El Camino is a fine film and that’s largely due to…

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  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★★

    Snowpiercer is a creative and poignant narrative that expertly comments on class, structure and hierarchy under the facade of a dystopian tale featuring bearded Captain America, Tilda Swinton’s perfect Yorkshire accent, boiled egg bullet holders and the incredible director of Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho bringing his visionary flair to western audiences.

    What’s not to love?

  • Terminator Salvation

    Terminator Salvation

    ★★

    Terminator: Salvation deserves credit for at least attempting to do something new with the series, but unfortunately, none of it really comes together.
    The titular Terminators feel underpowered, the post Judgement Day world we’re presented with never feels cohesive or realistic and pretty much everyone is completely miscast.

    And let’s not even mention that monstrously bad CGI Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    From Iron To Endgame

    “Perfectly balanced, like all things should be”

    Well, here it is. The Russo Brothers have done it again. Against the odds they’ve masterfully woven together the plot of 22 movies in spectacular fashion to form an extremely enjoyable and emotionally cathartic finale that really feels like a satisfying culmination of something truly special.

    Without spoiling anything, the final big action sequence is absolutely joyful and the perfect encapsulation of what the last 11 years have been…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★½

    On the surface, Joker is very clearly influenced by The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver (often lifting entire sequences from those aforementioned films), so it’s a testament to just how strong Joker is that it never falls into the trap of feeling derivative or redundant.

    It’s certainly a difficult and unsettling watch in places, and I can understand why some would argue that the film is a little irresponsible. It’s unfortunately far too easy to imagine how a person…