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  • Occupation: Rainfall

    Occupation: Rainfall

    ★★½

    "It’s certainly bigger in terms of size and scope, with city-wide destruction, descending fleets of alien command ships, aerial dogfights, and assorted high-octane chase sequences. And it’s also dumb—like, really, really dumb—overflowing with paper-thin characterisation, loose narrative threads, and an over-reliance on MacGuffin plot contrivances. Sadly, however, Occupation: Rainfall isn’t great. It’s rarely a good film and fleetingly fun to watch. Think less Independence Day, and more Independence Day: Resurgence. And yet, when those brief, enjoyable moments do occur, they’re even more frustrating because they contain glimpses of a promising regional film’s wasted potential."

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  • Shadow in the Cloud

    Shadow in the Cloud

    ★★★½

    Way more entertaining than it has any right to be, Shadow In The Cloud is a total hot mess. The film makes the most of a dreadful screenplay and awkward thematic messaging (eat shit Landis), but still manages to stick the landing and deliver lots of pulpy dumb fun. I'm picturing a creepy WWII-themed franchise that has this and Overlord as canon, and it's honestly far more appealing than 90% of the big studio bullshit that gets green-lit today.

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  • Stargate

    Stargate

    ★★★★½

    Say what you will about Emmerich's propensity for groan-worthy moments, Stargate is still one of his best and the score from David Arnold absolutely bangs.

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★½

    "SUE ME, DICKHEAD."

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    After four years of intense comic-book film fatigue, it's refreshing to watch a film as expansive and interconnected as Endgame and not have it feel like simply another teaser for yet another franchise film (even despite the three-hour runtime). Where Infinity War (and to a larger extent, the preceding twenty-one films that constitute the MCU grand narrative) was about shuffling pieces on the chessboard, Endgame only has one primary concern: reaching the checkmate. And that's where this film ultimately succeeds, in delivering…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★½

    “In his review of The Proposition, esteemed film critic Roger Ebert wrestled with the familiar themes of on-screen violence and bloodshed: ‘Why do you want to see this movie? Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps… it will take you more than one try to face the carnage. But the director… has made a movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray…