• Stronger

    Stronger

    ★★★★

    David Gordon Green's Stronger is a more thoughtful and sophisticated film, which has the guts to admit that nobody won that day and addresses the subject of human frailty -- in many forms -- in a distinctly un-Hollywood way. Never manipulative yet always captivating, this portrait of one ordinary man is an extraordinary motion picture. The road to recovery is filled with both the good and bad sides of Jeff Bauman, and thankfully so, as that's what makes a biopic…

  • Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om

    ★★★★★

    Are we complaining? Not really, because the film's meant to be mad, mindless and zany. And we are meant to be happy, headless and nostalgic. This is Bollywood kitsch personified in that it gladly incorporates and celebrates every cliché in the book. That too with sheer glee, much admiration and some cheeky irreverence.

    Shah Rukh Khan, needless to say, is superb as always. There is no one who can do his combo of I'm-a-regular-guy-but-hey-I'm-the-king better. Of the cast, Arjun Rampal…

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In

    ★★★★½

    LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is one of the most layered, atmospheric and textured movies ever made. As vampire movies go this touches the cloak hem of masterpiece. The fact that it doesn't feel like a vampire flick at all makes it one of the best of its kind. Requires more patience than most contemporary horror films but the payoff is significantly greater. Almost ethereal, subtle, nuanced and the calmest vampire movie you're ever likely to see.

    I'm not exaggerating…

  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    ★★★½

    The entire Maze Runner series is basically the choice between saving the world or saving their friends. Thomas chose his friends and Teresa chose the world. Both are not wrong but both could not cope with the other’s choice. For me, Thomas' and Newt's friendship carried the film, I was convinced by all of the performances. Props to the sound design and music as well.

    Surprisingly well directed film in terms of the action, I'm looking forward to see what…

  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

    ★★½

    If The Maze Runner series has taught me anything, it is that in a dystopian future, everyone will be gorgeous, except the hideous monsters.

    I know this is a common trope with Hollywood blockbusters, but when there is a gripping, tense scene with characters narrowly missing sniper fire and then immediately followed by those snipers revealing themselves to be two absolutely stunningly beautiful females, my bullshit meter explodes. I mean, at least dirty up the hair or something. It looks like they literally just walked away from the makeup chair.

  • The Maze Runner

    The Maze Runner

    ★★★½

    Minho's hair was absolutely perfect in the entire movie despite the fact he hadn't had a proper shower in 3 years. Dude must have stashing some shampoo back in that hut of his.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

    I knew it would be a wild ride from the very first tune.

    Sam Rockwell was great as ever. The scene where Dixon attacks the billboard company might be my new favorite scene of the year. Such a great depiction of grief on film, and a microcosm of the whole film. Unhealthy grieving at its most unhealthy. The beautiful song, the unbroken shot, Sam Rockwell trying his hardest not be charming, Caleb Landry Jones taking the on-screen beating of a…

  • Get Duked!

    Get Duked!

    ★★★

    While "Get Duked!" may lean on stupidity too much for some tastes, it's nevertheless that rarest of movie creatures: a smart dumb comedy. There's a real sense of chaotic energy felt throughout this film. Mimicking the aesthetics of music videos, Snapchat filters and hallucinogenic rabbit poop (don't ask), the film bursts with energy...

  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★½

    God this movie was a breath of fresh air. I came into this movie with some assumptions but none of these were upheld. Efficient and highly effective in its style, relying on sound, creepy production design, and the men's own fear and misjudgment to create the sense of pervasive doom.

    I respect the director for not going for not going the easy jumpscare route and creating believable conflict that makes us invested in the characters. It had both solid practical…

  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★★

    Apostle is ultimately an absorbing, horrifying movie that's maybe not as smart as it wants to be. But it is a lot stranger, and more disturbing, than you might expect. It'll make you groan and grimace through the torment, but it will get your heart racing in all the right ways, even when it occasionally stumbles over its own ambition.

    While nothing is as virtuosic here as in The Raid movies, Apostle is nevertheless a satisfying, gory, and strange trek…

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★

    The Night House is a truly unpredictable experience and there's just as much tension and horror in the very earthly discoveries as the supernatural ones. The horror on display here is so powerful, and Hall's work is so strong, that you're bound to come away from The Night House properly haunted.

    Marrying grief and the horror genre isn't exactly new territory, but in this movie, we see it explored in a much different fashion than before, thanks to an effective…

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★½

    Leave No Trace might be described in social terms as a film about homelessness, but it never loses sight of the fact that what makes a home is the privacy people need to connect with each other. It's a really great flick, but one that has a tone that I've only seen once before - Winter's Bone. When I was watching this I just thought, "This is Winter's Bone, but...it's somehow better".

    Turns out it's the same director, and I…