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  • The Exorcist
  • Brazil
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Devils

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  • Elvis

    ★★★★★

  • Breathe

    ★★★★

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

  • The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★★

    The Guardian feature review here.

    From an opening that cheekily evokes the dropped snow globe of Citizen Kane to an Unchained Melody finale that had me crying in the chapel, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is a turned-up-to-11 treat. This blistering pop biopic combines the kinetic musical madness of Moulin Rouge! with the turbo-charged irreverence of The Great Gatsby, the Shakespearian tragedy of Romeo+Juliet (with an added touch of Falstaff and Prince Hal) and the “what-all-of-it!?” ambition of Australia. It’s a riotously audacious…

  • Breathe

    Breathe

    ★★★★

    The Guardian feature review here.

    Joy is a complicated emotion to capture on screen – particularly when your narrative deals with paralysis, imprisonment and a desire for death. Yet Andy Serkis’s directorial feature debut, about the life of pioneering polio survivor Robin Cavendish, is so full of laughter that one might easily forget its sombre subject matter. Part exuberant love story, part great escape adventure, this is an old-fashioned tale of triumph over adversity that refuses – like its protagonists –…

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    Kermode & Mayo's Take here.

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★★

    The Guardian feature review here.

    In 2019, JJ Abrams’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker served up a string of emptily familiar set pieces as it brought the curtain down on Episode IX – the final instalment of a sequel trilogy. Ever since, fans of the furiously divisive penultimate instalment, The Last Jedi, have argued that The Rise of Skywalker’s original co-writer/director, Colin Trevorrow, would have delivered a far more rewardingly risk-taking finale had he not left because of “creative differences”.…