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Phantom Thread
59 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Daniel Day-Lewis bows out in style as a celebrated dress designer in Paul Thomas Anderson's beautifully crafted work of art and a masterful score that accompanies the unique characters played by a strong cast. Phantom Thread set in postwar London, amid the insular world of 50s haute couture. It is an oedipal gothic romance, a tale of lost mothers and broken spells, with secret messages ("never cursed") sewn into its gorgeously cinematic cloth. A swooning score, crisp visuals and paper-cut-sharp performances combine to conjure a poisoned rose of a movie, inviting you to prick your finger on its thorns and succumb to its weird, dark magic.

Coco
Coco (2017)
59 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Coco celebrates life by diving into death. It is one of Pixar's most vibrant, melancholic adventure is a refreshing return to form.

Coco is the story of a 12-year-old Mexican-American boy, Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez), who finds himself in the land of the dead, after breaking a decades-old family rule about playing music. The film riffs heavily on the Mexican festival Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with its traditionally vibrant imagery of brightly coloured skeletons. In this flamboyant netherworld, our young hero sets out on a journey to expose a secret from his family's past. This, it is heavily hinted, will centre on the famous musician Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), who just happens to be Miguel's idol.

Although it has a predictable plot elements in a Pixar playbook, the script does manage one genuinely surprising twist in the third act. As the final stretch approaches, there's also the requisite tug at the heartstrings although it's delivered with such devastating delicacy that even steely viewers will find themselves moist-eyed. Coco is a rousing, affecting, fun and much-needed return to form after underwhelming Finding Nemo and Cars sequels and will help to ensure that Pixar's legacy remains intact.

Ingrid Goes West
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A very smart and satirical take on the stalker movie, which resists easy laughs for harder truths on current millennia social media obsession.

The Big Sick
The Big Sick (2017)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Funny, engaging, heartfelt and thoughtful film about a touching cross-cultural comedy based on the co-writers' real-life courtship.

Wind River
Wind River (2017)
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Writer turned director, Taylor Sheridan makes excellent use of open spaces and haunting quiet Wind River, a Native American reservation high in the bone-white Wyoming wilderness - a place of "snow and silence" as as Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a local game tracker, evocatively puts it.
One day Lambert discovers a dead teenage body, far from the nearest man-made structure, while he's hunting a mountain lion that's been worrying the local livestock. Teaming-up with a rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is scrambled from Las Vegas to assume control of the homicide case. A chilly noir brings out the best of Jeremy Renner. Less about mystery, Wind River is a film about this harsh landscape towards all who trudge across it, even Native Americans themselves are force corralled here.