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  • Detective Knight: Independence

    ★★

  • The Pod Generation

    ★★½

  • Plane

    ★★★

  • Shotgun Wedding

    ★★½

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  • Detective Knight: Independence

    Detective Knight: Independence

    ★★

    How the hell does this have 80% on RT?

    Credits where it's due, like the other Detective Knight films this is a rung above the worst Bruce Willis VOD movies, because you can tell that writer-director Edward Drake is actually *trying* to make something interesting on a low budget, rather than just shitting out the most lazy, cynical mess allowable.

    There's a solid visual personality to the movie; a few neat first-person sequences, and they even used an actual helicopter…

  • The Pod Generation

    The Pod Generation

    ★★½

    Sundance #28

    Blunt-edged satire touches on broad but intriguing themes - technology, gender roles, modern parenting, bodily autonomy, ownership and feminism.

    Decent performances (even with Emilia Clarke's accent slipping quite a few times) and rich production design, but wish it took its concept further. Also far too long - the corny dream sequences should've been cut.

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  • Icarus

    Icarus

    ★★★★

    What begins as essentially Super Size Me for doping quickly transforms into a genuinely suspenseful examination of the Russian Olympic doping program.

    Equal parts terrifying and fascinating, it's persuasively, damningly told, especially with Russia's FIFA World Cup just around the corner, and benefits from the weirdly likeable presence of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

    One of the better Netflix Originals recently; don't miss it.

  • First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    ★★★½

    An impressive step up for Angelina Jolie as a director, this is a harrowing and affecting film, propelled by an INCREDIBLE performance from young actress Sareum Srey Moch and Anthony Dod Mantle's excellent cinematography. Unlike a lot of Netflix Originals, this actually looks like a proper FILM.

    It's held back from being great by a few directorial missteps which perhaps show Jolie's inexperience, using cheesy lightbulb effects during flashbacks/memories which would look more comfortable in a Saw film, some digitally-treated slow-motion and some choppy editing.

    Still, a very respectable effort and a fine prestige addition to Netflix's lineup.