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  • Antebellum

    Antebellum

    ★★½

    A real curate’s egg, this one. 12 Years a Slave meets... well, to say the film would probably give the twist here away. Clue: it’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie...

    Anyway, this is a sporadically engaging black horror movie but often gets sucked down by its own gravity as it works to establish Janelle Monae’s protagonist and a tricky narrative structure designed to intrigue and then... well, again, you deserve to know as little as possible. There is catharsis, and…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    A step away from the Lovecraftian dark majesty of King of the Monsters more directly toward an overt crowd-pleaser, with a neon-infused retro-futurist ‘80s style of scaled up action & gonzo conspiracy theory.

    The humans remain largely immaterial (seriously, they have to crowbar the plot to get Millie Bobbie Brown back), serving more as exposition ciphers, because the protagonist here is by far and away Kong (Godzilla gets very short shrift, probably because he’s harder to anthropomorphise), but... who cares? You’re…

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  • Amy

    Amy

    ★★★★½

    You probably already have an opinion on Amy Winehouse. I know I did. Fuelled by the tabloids and the endless interviews and footage of her gigs and appearances. You probably know how her story ends. Amy, the latest painstaking documentary piece from Asif Kapadia--following the critically acclaimed Senna--assumes that knowledge yet also projects a timeline, a chronology, from the birth of an edgy North London Jewish jazz singer to the decline of a global music icon. It's a story you…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    For many years, Wes Anderson has been celebrated as an offbeat American auteur, with a narrative and visual style all his own - a colourful, melancholic whimsy riven with a biting, black comedic undercurrent. At times it's worked well, others it misses the mark, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel he has created something truly wonderful. Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, Anderson's film is light, fun, thoughtful, cheeky, rude, farcical and emotional all in one rip roaring stew,…