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Film: Punch-Drunk Love

"I don't know if there is anything wrong because I don't know how other people are."

This is driven by wild energy, like a car drifting in and out of control swinging from one side of the road to the other, but always going forward. To say this is Adam Sandler’s best film does his performance a disservice, because he seems to be terrible in almost everything he’s ever starred in. Somehow, he’s brilliant here. The film is underpinned by a constant anxiety that simply wouldn’t...

Paul Thomas Anderson | Sunday, Jan 21, 2018

Film: Planet of the Apes

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"

Dated, but no amount of clunky special effects and stunted action scenes can ruin the simple power of the story. There are probably very few people who go into this without knowing the twist ending and yet Heston’s performance in the closing scenes still make it all worthwhile. Perhaps the most effective scene is the trial, where the apes expose their own hypocrisy while stubbornly refusing to see the situation...

Franklin J. Schaffner | Saturday, Jan 20, 2018

Film: Kong: Skull Island

"Let me list all the ways you're gonna die."

The world didn’t need another King Kong film and worse still some googling around tells me this is actually part of a new-ish franchise called ‘The MonsterVerse’, which also involves Gozilla. In spite of all the horseshit buzzwords the studios like to daub onto their flimsy barrel-scraping ideas (‘reboot’, ‘universe’), Kong: Skull Island is a half decent film. The director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is best known for his coming of age...

Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Saturday, Jan 20, 2018

Film: Room 237

"It says Room Nº 237. The only other word you can spell there is Moon. Moon Room."

This was ostensibly a look into people’s theories on the Kubrick classic The Shining but it turned out to be a pretty interesting look into how flipping through films frame by frame can make you seem insane. One guy screened the film with it playing in reverse, superimposed over the top. Another thinks that it’s Kubrick’s confession to faking the moon landing footage. Another sees numbers everywhere that only half...

Rodney Ascher | Sunday, Jan 14, 2018

Film: Rough Night

"It's not cheating if it's with a prostitute, technically."

So this is the white lady version of Girls Trip. They were released at roughly the same time and it’s almost a carbon copy, but this one lacks any of the charm and humour of its counterpart. Plus, and I suppose you may have to forgive my ignorance here because I knew very little about the film going in, the ‘rough night’ goes so far that they KILL A GUY...

Lucia Aniello | Saturday, Jan 13, 2018

Film: The Girl With All the Gifts

"They just want to live. Everybody wants that."

When your zombie film doesn’t have much cash behind it you have to turn to the cast and screenplay to make things work. This mostly does. Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close provide the human contingent and Sennia Nanua stars as a half-human half-zombie child in her feature debut. It’s a tense horror thriller rich in metaphor. McCarthy leans on the premise and story to get a reaction from...

Colm McCarthy | Saturday, Jan 13, 2018

Take 2: The Lego Batman Movie

"Riddle me this, what just happened?"

I’ll keep this short because I only saw it a few months back. It’s still a miniature masterpiece and the real ending to our Batman series. I hope people don’t write this off because it’s a LEGO movie, it’s one of the funnier animations to come out in recent times.

Chris McKay | Saturday, Jan 13, 2018