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  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★½

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★½

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★½

  • Palm Springs

    ★★★★

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  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★½

    Low expectations, well exceeded.

    The key ingredient that Jolt lacked in loads, but Kate packs in punches is soul. Oh, and exceptional direction, camera work, fight choreography and editing. It also benefits from the basest necessity for a decent film: a coherent, compelling plot.

    Characters are well-formed, chemistry between key players is strong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a bona fide action badass in the title role.

    Unlike Beckinsale in Jolt, she doesn't have to lean into the ridiculousness of…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★½

    Bonkers, transfixing and spectacularly erratic.

    So determinedly obscure and unique is this film that I doubt anything can prepare you for what it offers. It's wildly bizarre, brazenly bold, and unbelievably grand in parts.

    More performance art/musical theatre brought to screen than a tranditional musical feature film, it never goes anywhere you think it will and at times feels so surreal, you may not really know what you're witnessing. Yet, so mesmerising is it, in all its wonderful, haunting weirdness,…

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  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★½

    About as good as the first, just with more wigged Woody.

    Two questions:

    1. Why on earth is Michelle Williams in this garbage?

    2. How do these movies make so much money?

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★½

    Meh. More likely to fuggetaboutit than write anything meaningful about it.

    Michael Gandolfini is good at aping his late father's mannerisms, but there's a stripclub full of other good actors on show here who just get fuck all to do becuse the writing and story is so directionless. Actually, Vera Farmiga shines. She's fantastic in every scene she's in.

    The less that's said about John Magaro's cartoonish Silvio impression, the better.

    You can try and cash in nostalgia as currency…

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  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★

    Well, I'm glad Rosamund cared because I sure as shit didn't.

    Classic sell your soul to the devil for riches tale, done in a flash bang wallop way, that races to a stop midway through the second act when you realise that none of the (remaining) characters are even remotely interesting, redeemable or, ironically, worthy of your care.

    Supposed to be a sharp satirical shot at capitalism and the American dream, it's more of a blunt laudation of cuntery.

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly good!

    A hybrid nature vs. nurture origin story/hyper-fun heist film, it has an inescapably infectious energy to it and bags of attitude.

    It's not half helped along by its casting of both the best Emmas (Thompson & Stone). Our national treasure and one of America's? Yes please!

    The former, is predictably magnificent as wildly egomaniacal tyrant, The Baroness, while the latter is typically charismatic and compelling as the titular baddie. Although, her sudden, albeit inevitable, switch to uber villain we…