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  • Pulp Fiction
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Blade Runner
  • Double Indemnity

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  • The Marvels

    ★★★½

  • The Creator

    ★★★★

  • Waiting for Guffman

    ★★★½

  • Pocahontas

    ★★★

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  • Blood Quantum

    Blood Quantum

    ★★★★½

    "If they're dead, they're dead. If they're white, they bite." So reads post-apocalyptic graffiti. Before we get to that '28 Weeks Later' scenario, this indie Canadian hidden gem zombie flick launches with character, featuring Mi'kmaq heroes on a First Nations reservation. While it pays homage to Romero and the likes of Tarantino, this stylish b-movie done right treads new ground. Subversive in themes & plot twists. With the Indigenous immune to bites, there is rich metaphor to enjoy (like the burning of a bloody Hudson Bay blanket) alongside the fantastic gory kills (with several yell at the screen moments).

  • Tamango

    Tamango

    ★★★★½

    Completely unknown hidden gems are hard to find. This is one. Akin to Amistad, but set entirely on the ship, this tale is morbidly fascinating with matter-of-fact brutal realism, focused on the African perspective long before Roots. Emotional highlight: Dandridge's servant slaps Tamango, warning "a slave never fights back", trying to save his life. Nevertheless, a tension-filled rebellion unfolds, culminating in a heart-rending bittersweet inspirational finale. Not without flaws, the story is entirely captivating. (Just imagine the 1958 audience thinking about their enslaved grandparents.)

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  • The Marvels

    The Marvels

    ★★★½

    Ms Marvel steals the show, delivering tons of laughs, in an adventure that focuses more on The Fun than expected (like song planet and cat buffet). Compelling and creative new super-powered fight mechanics are a blast. Too bad the overall story and villain aren't as interesting. Bonus nerd points: that end credit scene was super exciting.

  • The Creator

    The Creator

    ★★★★

    With its rich themes, sci-fi setting, emotional center, fascinating concepts, and grounded approach to FX-work, this feels like a District 9 kind of action-adventure. Fellow movie nerds will enjoy the light exposition and world-building clues, which invite the audience to participate with the story, rather than being told everything with boring speeches. Tasty flavours embellish the fun, inspired by the likes of Terminator, Aliens, and Blade Runner. Highlight: A robot warms their hands at a fire.

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  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

    Feck, it's good, like. The simple characters, simple story, and flavourful dialogue simply excel. Far from "dull", Farrell delivers an impressive layered natural performance. Between the character drama, comedy steadily perforates the proceedings, exploding from an excellent ensemble. Then, somewhere along the way, things get more serious and a whole lot less simple. This is personal character conflict done right. (Includes a scene-stealing priest with the line of the year perhaps.)

  • 65

    65

    ★★★½

    An(other) adventure 65 million years in the making... Maybe if the trailers focused more on the Jurassic Park vibes and less on the sci-fi elements (which are more or less in the background of the story) would've led to block-busting lines at theatres. Produced by Raimi, the action is intense (of course), always milking suspense, but there's also an intriguing focus on character and personal conflict. Importantly, this captivating ORIGINAL (?!) concept avoids exposition dumps, letting the audience participate and connect the dots. Way more dino fun than expected.