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  • And Then We Danced

    ★★★★

  • 1917

    ★★★★

  • Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

  • Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★★

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    Three thoughts on 1917:

    1) This film is stuffed to the gills with talented actors, but George MacKay towers over all of them. We almost leave his side for two hours solid, and over that time he runs an acting decathlon; constantly battling his fear and past traumas in the name of getting the job done.

    2) Roger Deakins' career is filled with stunning feats of cinematography, but this might be his masterpiece. It's not even trying to pretend it's…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Three thoughts on Knives Out:

    1) Rian Johnson's love for detective stories is palpable in every frame of this movie. Not only does he craft what might be the best mystery since Murder on the Orient Express, but he also finds ways to twist and subvert our expectations at every turn. He's a master craftsman, and it's a joy to watch him work.

    2) It's a rare thing to see a cast so perfectly assembled, but even among this much…

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  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★

    Three thoughts on Doctor Sleep:

    1) It would have been so easy for Mike Flanagan to lean hard on Stanley Kubrick's work in The Shining, so credit to him for forging his own path and producing some really arresting sequences. It makes the final act, when the Kubrick references are dialled up to 11, feel genuinely earned.

    2) Not only does the film succeed in acting as a sequel to both Stephen King's book and Stanley Kubrick's film, but it…

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★

    Three thoughts on Godzilla: King of the Monsters:

    1) Credit where it's due; the kaiju are given much more space to breathe here, and when the film gets out of its own way and lets them fight, it's almost magnificent. There are some truly breathtaking sequences here, set to a suitably epic score by Bear McCreary.

    2) It's clear that they're trying to go down the "cinematic universe" route here, but it's far more reminiscent of Justice League than The…