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  • The Power

    The Power

    ★★★

    With a title that is both figurative and literal, The Power is an admirable, skilful horror movie that is high on allegory and insidious terror, but sadly undone by its own heavy handedness. Though it does slip into predictability, it remains the most notable post #MeToo scarer since The Invisible Man.

    During the early nineteen seventies, the East End of London was a grim and grimy place. Public buildings retained the harsh sterility of Victorian architecture and hospitals were especially…

  • Shadow in the Cloud

    Shadow in the Cloud

    ★★★

    It feels like an apology. Perhaps even penance. Pop quiz; John Landis directed a string of cult hits early in his career, culminating with An American Werewolf in London. His next project - a segment from Twilight Zone: The Movie - was nothing short of tragic; a disastrous on set accident took the lives of actor Vic Morrow and child performers Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le. Allegedly Landis - in his arrogance - was responsible. 

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★

    Christopher Nolan won’t make a bad film. The worst he’ll do is simply make another one. Tenet falls somewhere in between; a sumptuous, globe-trotting mega puzzle which for all its slick, brain bending action and narrative audacity, often teeters on the brink of self parody. Imagine a deathly humourless cross between Memento and Inception and you’re almost there.

    John David Washington is ‘The Protagonist’, a somber CIA operative embroiled in top secret international espionage. At the outset he is trying…

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★★½

    Tasya Vos isn’t feeling herself. In fact, few people are in Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor. As played (with detached intensity) by Andrea Riseborough, Vos is an assassin but not in the traditional sense; using arcane equipment, Vos’ shadowy employers can transport her mind into that of an unknowing host and have her carry out these assassinations in their body. Job done, Vos forces the host to commit suicide and she’s outta there. 

    Her employer (quietly underplayed by the ageless Jennifer Jason…