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  • Knife in the Water

    Knife in the Water

    ★★★★

    In terms of film-making technique, Roman Polanski's feature debut is a masterclass. This intimate story of a couple picking up a young hitchhiker brings a sinister chill to the bones.

    The majority of the film takes place on and in the confined spaces of a small sail boat, creating a thick sense of unease in the dynamic of a headstrong alpha male (Leon Niemczyk) his oppressed wife (Jolanta Umecka) and a nameless young man. Given the setting, it is a…

  • Swallow

    Swallow

    ★★★★

    Swallow begins with the slaughter-to-dinner plate process of a cute lamb - a visual tip-off to remind the audience that we all put strange things in our gobs.

    My favourite film credit is 'written and directed by..'. This is the mind child of Carlo Mirabella-Davis, his film focusing on a bored young house-maker's compulsion to consume everyday items.

    There is a meticulous nature to the work with detailed close ups of objects adding a vein of horror. I have never…

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  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★½

    Did a movie just give me a therapy session? I live for these unusual film experiences that catch me unaware.

    I believe one day someone will make a film about what a stellar guy Tom Hanks is but for now the nicest guy in Hollywood is paying it forward.

  • Underwater

    Underwater

    ★★½

    Ridley Scott and James Cameron are the most prominent influences of Underwater, an unimaginatively titled (and plotted) tale of peril under the sea.

    Kristen Stewart attempts to channel Sigourney Weaver but the ideas are stale and the script is borderline non-existent, meaning she has just two things to do - behave panicked and mumble to herself.

    There are occasional moments that grip, but irritating jump scares puncture any sense that the film has any worthwhile tricks up its sleeve.

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★½

    Loud, shallow nonsense. I adored the Godzilla cartoon as a kid. But I was easily pleased back then...I even liked Godzuki. This feels like shopfitted movie-making. Over the top in every sense, and not in a good way. It has those annoying family unit plot lines that were only ever any good in early Spielberg films like Close Encounters. It's like nothing has been learned since Roland Emmerich.

    Even the score annoyed me with its thunderous familiarity. This kind of…

  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    ★★½

    As washed in critical and audience acclaim as Guy Ritchie's latest guns n' geezers offering is, I realise I'm wholly done with his glamourised, flashy crime films.

    I like the actors - McConaughey, Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell all have a claim to MVP status but the style and plot twists at play are nothing but a refresher course in the all-too-familiar.