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  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • After Life
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  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★

  • Arcana

  • Quatermass and the Pit

    ★★★

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    Young dad Calum (Paul Mescal) is tucking his 11-year-old daughter Sophie (Frankie Corio) into bed; they’ve just arrived at a Brit-crammed Turkish holiday resort, and Sophie is presumably knackered. As she lies asleep in the foreground, he sneaks out for late-night cigarette on the balcony. In one long, slow shot, the camera closes in on Calum, his back to us. He lights up, takes a few drags, and then begins to sway dreamily from side to side. Is he practicing…

  • The Eternal Daughter

    The Eternal Daughter

    ★★★★

    The first surprise of Joanna Hogg’s latest film is that it’s a follow-up of sorts to her brilliant semi-autobiographical two-parter The Souvenir (2019 and 2021) — not so much a straightforward sequel as a present-day coda, again examining the process and consequences of extracting art from life. Those films formed a portrait of a budding filmmaker, Julie, in 1980s London, and this time it’s Tilda Swinton playing a grown-up version of the character (originally played by her actual daughter Honor…

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  • Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    ★★★★

    An especially existential Pinocchio, often feeling like it owes more to Kubrick's reimagining of the story than the original, though also refreshingly straightforward in its discussion of death and the necessity of ephemerality. Sublime design, and a good few laughs. Only the musical numbers let the film down; there's too few or too many of them, and Desplat isn't up to the task anyway (everything I've heard him do since The Shape of Water has been a rework of the…

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    ★★★

    Screenplay on autopilot and premise comically derivative — Alien meets Solaris by way of Hellraiser via The Shining and Don’t Look Now and Warhammer 40K and and and — but somehow still quite a blast. The rare apparent schlockfest to actually earn its existential horror; the airlock scene is way more stressful than it has any right to be.

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  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★

    The best I can say for Belle is that the film’s emotional beats are clearly hugely felt by the filmmakers, and in moments this can’t help but be infectious. And there’s a staggering sense of depth to the opening images that crops up in a few other scenes and makes for some spectacular imagery. But this doesn’t cohere into anything resembling a compelling narrative — especially when the film, in a bizarre detour, sets up this mystery around the identity…

  • About Time

    About Time

    Bill Nighy: You see, son, all the men in our family have the ability to time travel.
    Domhnall Gleeson: What? What about the women??
    Bill Nighy: *chuckling softly* oh no son, that would give them narrative agency! Anyway have fun using your powers to get away with being a total arsehole, stalking and manipulating women while you craft yourself a perfect life formed on the basis of exploitation and lies!!