Pixar are in danger of seriously dating their early work. Remember when Toy Story was a digital novelty? Incredibles 2 witnesses the animation studio reach new heights, combining photorealism with a fabulous vintage-futurist aesthetic. It’s also a terrific yarn.
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Less could have been so much more in Vaughn Stein’s frequently overwrought noir oddity Terminal. The film has a strong cast and striking neon aesthetic but squanders each by stretching them to beyond watchable limitations. At its best, Terminal sparkles with intrigue. At worst, it is a vaguely tedious Guy Ritchie inspired Blade Runner knock off.
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Dwayne Johnson’s career reaches new heights in his latest popcorn-munching movie. Literally so, for Skyscraper dumps the insanely charismatic star hundreds of miles above terra firma for a disaster epic that recalls The Towering Inferno, Die Hard and Mission Impossible. Eat your heart out Ethan, Johnson does everything you can do with only one leg.
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The spheres of supernatural and psychological horrors collide in The Secret of Marrowbone. An English-language, Spanish-made chiller, the film is a hybrid creation both in production and conception, with much of its plot echoing stories that have been told many times before. It’s spooky, if not revolutionary.
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Leave No Trace comes from the pen of Debra Granik and her regular writing partner Anne Rosellini, marking a second literary adaptation for the pair after Winter’s Bone. If that film helped launch the career of Jennifer Lawrence back in 2010, expect great things too from young New Zealander Thomasin McKenzie. Along with a terrific Ben Foster, McKenzie is the beating heart of Leave No Trace, a quietly spectacular story of survival and unspoken mental destruction.
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I wonder at what point it occurred to the friends from Washington, who continued to play a game of ‘tag’ across three decades, that they were living the lives of a well-budgeted, Hollywood action-comedy? This true story wrote itself.
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A premiere at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, Ideal Home is the – relatively straightforward – story of a spiky gay couple whose lives twist a whole lot more tender with the arrival of a young boy into their household.
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