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“Arctic” (2018) Review

Arctic is a survivalist drama where the ferocity of the experience glacially mounts in the eyes of the phenomenally well-crafted performance of leading and lonely Mads Mikkelsen. 

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“Arctic” (2018) Review
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The Old Man and the Gun (2018) Review

One luxuriates into the sensory experience of The Old Man and the Gun. From an all-star cast around Redford like Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Casey Affleck; to cinematographer Joe Anderson creating a vision for this throwback that would make cinematographer Gordon (The ‘Prince of Darkness’) Willis proud. 

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The Old Man and the Gun (2018) Review
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Free Solo (2018) Review

Free Solo creates two conflicting feelings that make for one hell of an unmissable movie; awe and terror. Free Solo should come with a rating reserved for the most frightening and disturbing films. It’s an unadulterated fly on the wall view of one of the most staggering and unbelievable feats of agility, focus and precision ever attempted. 

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“Medias Res” (2017) Review

Some filmmakers let budget dictate the story. Others, like no-budget filmmakers Mike Delaney and director Edwin Fernando Gonzalez, just barrel ahead regardless.The results speak for themselves in this smart, slick-looking neo-noir.

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“Medias Res” (2017) Review
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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS (2018) REVIEW

There are two kinds of kids’ films; ones made solely with children in mind and ones that adults can get into just as quickly. But which has director Eli Roth delivered?

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"Burning" (2018) Review

Director Chang-dong Lee's “Burning”; a scintillating masterwork of class warfare, contemporary existential pressures and an agonising pursuit for truth in the haze of manipulated perception; contains a single staggering scene. It’s a scene that feels like it's been waiting for his entire creative life to emerge and one that continues to reverberate in my mind since that viewing several months ago.

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"Burning" (2018) Review
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"Pulse" (2017) Review

Pulse is an independent low-fi body swap, science fiction movie that sees disabled teen Oliver/Olly (Daniel Monks) with gender identity issues given an opportunity to have physical and gender rebirth. This stunningly photographed debut feature from cinematographer turned director Stevie Cruz-Martin and writer/star Monks’ pair real drama with a fantastical projection for this 'on-demand' age.

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"Pulse" (2017) Review
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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Widows," "Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindlewald," and more

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of  #OneHeatMinute notifications and videos of me imploring you to RUN. #noexcuses

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“Boy Erased” (2018) Review

“Boy Erased” features great performances and tells an essential story; which makes it all the more conflicting that it leaves you pretty vacant.

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“Boy Erased” (2018) Review
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"The Girl in the Spider’s Web" (2018) Review

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” does for Lisbeth Salander what “Jason Bourne” did for the Bourne franchise; and that's not a compliment. This toothless, time-turner deviates drastically from the gut wrenching and disturbing investigative thrill ride of previous adaptations like David Fincher's 2011 adaptation or the Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 Swedish original. What remains is a re-origin story with the purpose to expand the audience and to curb Salandar into a Scandi-Noir's female hacker super-heroine.

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"The Girl in the Spider’s Web" (2018) Review
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"Hotel Mumbai" (2018) Review

When I saw Maras' short film “The Palace,” I called it "one of the most emotionally effective and powerful short films that I’ve ever seen." In retrospect, it's a little entree for Maras' potential.

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"Hotel Mumbai" (2018) Review
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"The Merger" (2018) Review

It's too often that you hear about films that are before their time, or too late. Just as Australia's current coalition government nominated Scott Morrison as their poster-boy leader; a man who has a boat-shaped sculpture in his office that proclaims "I stopped these"; a movie embracing humanity and community like “The Merger” is right on time.  

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"The Merger" (2018) Review
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"Watch the Sunset" (2017) Review

"Watch the Sunset" is an anxiety-inducing single take film that uses its form to amplify the dramatic stakes. Making an independent film is already a somewhat mad exercise and yet co-directors Tristan Barr, and Michael Gosden double-down on madness by making a film that requires such pinpoint execution.

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"Watch the Sunset" (2017) Review
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"The Breaker Upperers" (2018) Review

"The Breaker Upperers" is a film that I had a chance to see twice in one day. After the first viewing, with a second helping on offer, I did not hesitate, not for a second.

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"The Breaker Upperers" (2018) Review
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"Ant-man and The Wasp" (2018) Review

Since the release of the film, and repeated encounters with folks smitten with this quaint, low stakes, messy haired cousin of the Marvel superhero genre; I've attempted to wrangle a take.

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"Ant-man and The Wasp" (2018) Review
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"BlackKKlansman" (2018) Review

Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" is a satire of the ludicrously true to life tale of Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington), the rookie African-American cop that infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. As an early title in the film says: “This joint is based on some fo’ real, fo’ real shit.”

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"BlackKKlansman" (2018) Review
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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Wayne" and "Working Class Boy" Reviews

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of  #OneHeatMinute Live adverts and pics that only fans of the movie “Sneakers” care for.

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Graffiti Elsewhere: "Wayne" and "Working Class Boy" Reviews
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"The Second" (2018) Review

“The Second," the first original Australian film for streaming service STAN, is a superior mystery thriller. Director Mairi Cameron creates an prestige aesthetic that affects a sense of haunting isolation, and writer Stephen Lance's script manipulates time and memory to weave a disturbing tale of creation. What secrets are entangled in this fiction?

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"The Second" (2018) Review
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“Ready Player One” (2018) Review

There’s a pop culture mash-up moment where “The Iron Giant” met “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” in RPO that made me howl with joy. RPO is a movie with a tsunami of these moments from about 40 years of film, T.V and gaming. If you're a collector, you may relish trying to catch them all.

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“Ready Player One” (2018) Review
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"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" (2018) Review

There's a moment in the trailer of Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" where Sandra Bullock's astronaut is cast off the space station and sent hurtling into the void. Tumbling, clutching vacant space; that lack of an anchor is the perfect metaphor for the director and co-writer Desiree Akhavan's "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" a disturbing vision of life behind the lines of gay conversion therapy. 

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"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" (2018) Review
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"You Were Never Really Here" (2017) Review

Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay elevates the vigilante tropes of  "You Were Never Really Here" into a sensory experience dripping with the haunting psychological cost of death. Dizzying pulsating soundscapes seamlessly edited around fleeting glimpses into disturbing events and a subversive vision of vengeance; Ramsay and star Joaquin Phoenix have delivered something that refuses to be forgotten. 

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"I Feel Pretty" (2018) Review

Anotherfilmnerd feels like he’s stepped into an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ watching the latest film featuring comedienne Amy Schumer.

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"I Feel Pretty" (2018) Review
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Graffiti Elsewhere: "MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE - Fallout" & "Living Universe" Reviews

Each month, for those Graffiti readers unsure of where else they can find my reviews, I'll be collecting them into a single post. This is so that you can catch up without having to scroll through a series of  #OneHeatMinute Live adverts and updates about my newborn son to find where else I've been published.

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Graffiti Elsewhere: "MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE - Fallout" & "Living Universe" Reviews