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There’s a moment in The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s (The Iron Giant, The Witches, Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) 1982 children’s classic, where the title character (“Big Friendly Giant”, not “Big F—ing Giant”), avoids detection in 1980s London by pretending to be a …

NP Approved Chevalier
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For most of us, buying a sleek new storage unit is an event. It’s not a high holiday or anything and we probably wouldn’t run to Instagram about it, unless we found ourselves pinned underneath in a tragicomic shelving assembly accident, but it’s an event all the same. For the rich men in Chevalier, the latest feature…

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Fearing for a character’s life is a feeling like no other, imbued with animalistic worry and a sense that you, the viewer, must come to grips with death’s grim reality right alongside them. But it’s not just a matter of character development or an immediately likable personality you’d hate to see gone, it’s …

NP Approved 10 Cloverfield Lane
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Enthusiasts of 2008’s wholly fascinating Cloverfield have spent years desperately waiting for news of a follow-up to surface. Back in January, their wishes were granted when a teaser for 10 Cloverfield Lane hit both the Internet and screens showing Michael Bay’s 13 Hours. Fans (like myself) instantly recognized this parallel to the…

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I came to the horror genre late. There’s a story that involves Killer Klowns and a terrified little boy, but that’s a story for another time. The experience led me to miss out on years of genuine scares because once you become an adult, it gets a lot harder to be scared. Regardless of the frequency…

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Full disclosure, Jean-Marc Vallée has never really done anything for me as a filmmaker. I thought Dallas Buyers Club had some nice performances but was bland overall and Wild was frustratingly grating and I never understood the love that it received. His films struck me as…

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For a humble critic like myself, there are few tasks as daunting than describing, let alone critiquing, an Apichatpong Weerasethakul film. His incredible body of work represents a deceptively simple bounty of riches, situated on an indistinct divide between woozy dreamscape and unfettered, at times brutal …

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