Personal Shopper ⭐⭐½

The first time I came across writer-director Olivier Assayas was in the late 90s when he cast famous HK actress Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep, a film that I was disappointed to find pretentious and meandering. Sadly nothing has changed 20 years later here. Without taking anything away from a fine performance by Kristen Stewart, […]

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Get Out ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A young black man, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is invited by his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to spend a weekend with her parents.  Chris is worried whether Rose’s parents know he is black.  Rose tells him not to worry.  Her father would have voted for Obama for a third time if he could.  However, his […]

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Kong: Skull Island ⭐⭐⭐

The latest reboot of the King Kong franchise is basically a remake of The Land that Time Forgot shot as Apocalypse Now (see the not so obvious hint in the poster below) but featuring the said giant gorilla instead of dinosaurs. For second-time director Jordan Vogt-Roberts whose debut was a micro-budgeted indie coming-of-age drama, this […]

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Beauty and the Beast ⭐⭐⭐

Approaching this fresh and unencumbered by either the original 1991 animated feature or the subsequent Broadway production, neither of which I have seen before, both the story and the film truly feels as old as time.  Despite the ‘controversial updates’, this feels like a very faithful remake, aside from a brief mixed race kiss and […]

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Personal Shopper⭐⭐⭐½

Kristen Stewart stars as Maureen, a young American in Paris in this ghost story meets psychological thriller. Maureen works as a personal shopper to Kyra (Nora Von Waltstätten) a high-maintenance model and doyenne of the Paris fashion scene.  It’s an unfulfilling job and one she only puts up with because she is also a medium, […]

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Logan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

After 2 critical and box office misfires, it would seem that the standalone Wolverine film was cursed to fail… until now. Ditching the tired superhero movie formula, this is linear, leaner and grittier than before, amping up the character study and pathos for a more sombre and mature exercise in storytelling. We are down to […]

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Moonlight ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Moonlight is both a beautiful and timeless meditation on the theme of discovering who you are, as well as a sensitive and very specific coming-of-age drama.  The film explores three points in the life of Chiron is a black boy growing up in a poor, drug-infested neighbourhood in Miami. In the first section, we are […]

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