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  • 7 Plus Seven

    7 Plus Seven

    ★★★½

    The second film in the innovative 7 Up series of documentaries is Michael Apted’s first at the helm and picks up the 14 participants of the first film seven years later, to find... well, as one may expect, a collection of socially awkward, sometimes risibly self-possessed, often surly teenagers — who, with few exceptions, are considerably less forthcoming with opinions this time around. (Some, like the privileged Susie, seem annoyed at even being involved.) 

    Still, it’s interesting to see cracks already forming in…

  • 7 Up

    7 Up

    ★★★★

    Finally decided to leap into the seven-decade strong 7 Up series of documentaries, prompted by the recent passing of their predominant director, Michael Apted. Surprisingly, Apted didn’t originate the project (he was just 23 at the time, but was a key researcher on this), taking over with its second instalment in 1970. This was directed by Canadian Paul Almond, who carved out a healthy TV and indie cinema career of his own from the ‘50s to the ‘90s. 

    As expected, 7 Up is immediately…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    The best new movie I've seen in over two years. Time bears out such claims, but my waters are telling me this is a genuine masterpiece. Bong's been making excellent films for nigh on two decades, but he's on a whole new level with this, a crystallisation of his entire career to date. A dazzlingly designed, tonally audacious and devastating dissection of late-capitalism class tension, wrapped up in an irresistibly entertaining multi-genre package, fronted by the peerless Song Kang-Ho, but, hell, everyone is pitch perfect here. Wow.

  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    ★½

    Initially interesting but increasingly meandering doc-xperiment feels ickier and less ethical as it wears on. What's more, its attack on assumed audience bloodlust is aimed in a way as to fundamentally misunderstand art's role in helping us make some semblance of sense of the senseless.