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  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Late Spring
  • Raining in the Mountain
  • Sleep Has Her House

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  • Time and Tide

    ★★★★½

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★½

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★½

  • Thief

    ★★★★★

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  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

    Hi, I'm Michael Mann, this is 1981, all of the ideas I will present to you now will reign in my cinema from now until my death. These ideas hate you and will never relent. I'm blowing open your vault. All I see is D flawless to VSI 1, that's printed money, below cash value. I'm making millions.

  • Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar

    ★★★★★

    Finally – a final – the finality of – violence. This is one of those films that never really stops opening up even as its structure and plotting irrevocably draws the viewer towards a close, or closing in of its world's and characters' futures. A picture whose interest is the end of the world – or worlds – of its principals, destruction seeping into every space – hallowed, hidden, public, private – as religious and social ideologies become and instantiate…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    Tarnished visions, lost films and abandoned or otherwise destroyed cuts are not unusual occurrences in the history of cinema. Erich von Stroheim’s Greed, Sergei Eisenstein’s ¡Que viva México! and Ivan the Terrible, Part III, or almost any project of Orson Welles’ following The Magnificent Ambersons speak to the consequences that might await filmmakers whose ambitions stray to close to the sun or come up against the wariness of studios and producers who see a bottom line threatened by artistic largesse.…

  • Wife of a Spy

    Wife of a Spy

    ★★★★½

    Really interesting how the digital filmmaking here sits in contrast to its use of classical techniques (i.e. blocking, backlights, very set bound). It's a tension wherein the digital textures re-inforce and -double the whole theme of the constructed nature of images and identity. Everybody's caught up in and pushing against another's story (e.g. the nation's, the military's, a spy's, a wife's). Of course, the real centre of this is Satoko and Yusaka's mutual efforts to insert or remove her from…