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  • Sócrates

    Sócrates

    ★★★★

    Socrates, a Brazilian social realism drama depicting the gloomy fate of its 15-year-old titular character as he negotiates his sexuality and social situation, opens with a portentous title card explaining how the film was "produced by a crew of 16-20-year-olds" as part of a "Unicef supported project" put together to "provide social inclusion through film-making to teenagers of low-income households in in the Santista region of São Paulo." What a fantastic enterprise, I am sure that you will agree. You…

  • Crawl

    Crawl

    ★★★½

    Alfred Hitchcock claimed he was inspired to make Psycho by the popularity of what he considered poorly made b-thrillers, and challenged himself to apply his skill to the sort of movies that he considered the work of hacks. Of course, many of those b-movies Hitchcock looked down on are now viewed as classics, made by smart filmmakers who mined genre diamonds from poverty row coal. It's unlikely that history will be so kind to the likes of Sharknado and its…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★

    Spectre is like one of those boutique magazines you find in hotel rooms and on passenger planes. It's printed on glossy paper, immaculately designed and packed with appealing products, but devoid of engaging content.

    Read the review by Eric Hillis

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    As early as its customary opening crawl, I began to have a bad feeling about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In what plays like a dig at the current leader of the free world (who was pictured earlier this year watching Rogue One on Air Force One), the word 'RESISTANCE' appears in upper-case letters, an early worrying sign that real world, outside forces may be intruding on this most endearingly innocent of escapist worlds.

    This is nothing new of course…