The Lorax: Ideology & the dream of escape

The Lorax makes a weirdly serious attempt to show the destructive, all-powerful might of capitalism & ideology, but it relies upon a fallacy in order to offer the dream of escape. . .

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Night and the City

One of the best, though not best remembered noir classic, Night and the City does for a scarred post-war London what The Third Man did for Vienna, turning it into a mythic space of shadow, deceit and downfall. . .

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War for the Planet of the Apes – Review

Serious themes, superlative mo-cap animation, but the movie is a little ‘off’ with its curiously clich├ęd score and tearful monologues. But the anxieties over contagion and de-evolution resonate with our times….

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Dunkirk – Review

Unlike Interstellar, which was hamstrung by its ponderous poetic voiceover and its arse-aching running time, Dunkirk is a svelte, streamlined masterpiece that packs an emotional wallop, contains superlative cinematography, an outstanding score, genuine pathos and artistic as well as historical resonance

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Spiderman: Homecoming Review

Efficient rather than inspired, Spiderman: Homecoming is solid entertainment. It is made with heart, if not soul. Airy and engaging, it does not linger in the memory or fire the imagination.

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Alien: Covenant Review

Alien: Covenant is a delirious cocktail of ideas, preoccupations and horrors that will give fans of the series fat to chew on for years to come. But its joys and successes are matched by frustrations and failures that make it a confounding ride. . .

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Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945)

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i saw Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’ last night. i remember seeing it as a teenager, and loving the Dali-designed dream sequence, which still stands up as a great, haunting sequence. the dated animation and practical sets seem to have an increased impact

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