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  • Trust
  • The Age of Innocence
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Tropical Malady

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  • Knock at the Cabin

    ★★½

  • Old

    ★★

  • M3GAN

    ★★

  • Nuts in May

    ★★★½

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  • Knock at the Cabin

    Knock at the Cabin

    ★★½

    There’s for sure some neat formalism in this - since The Visit, that has been one of the few things in Shyamalan’s repertoire that’s grabbed me, and here he certainly gives great care to his compositions and to heightening the moment-to-moment intensity of each character’s inner emotional state. Nowhere is that more effective than the opening scene, handily the most compelling thing here, made lucid and striking by the use of shallow focus and increasingly askew positioning. The rest of…

  • Abigail's Party

    Abigail's Party

    ★★★★

    The single-location, people-in-a-room psychodrama has been run well into the ground, far beyond the point of cliché, but none of them, no matter what twist or spin on the tropes they might offer, has ever in the time since Abigail’s Party exceeded or even matched its intensity and impact. Even though this is technically not a film, to me it’s the high watermark of the slow-burn marital character study (at least post-Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and one of Leigh’s most elemental, electric works, centred around one of the most memorable and visceral performances of the 70s from Alison Steadman. Watch it here.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    Nolan’s worst movie. An absolutely insufferable, entirely incoherent stream of trite exposition and indolent writing with absolutely no emotional core nor even the most remote understanding of tone or storytelling structure.

    This is a film that rambles from setpiece to setpiece at barely decipherable speed, every so often winking indulgently at the viewer as if to say “if you’re not following this, the joke’s on you”, only to then trip over itself to explain ad nauseum what Nolan, for all…

  • Steamboat Willie

    Steamboat Willie

    ★★★★

    It was funny until he started spinning the cat around by its tail. Then it was hilarious.