Toy Story 4
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The first hour of this Disney kids adventure is genuinely enjoyable: a very eighties mash-up of E.T., Back to the Future and Top Gun, with a charming central performance by Joey Cramer. It doesn't last, sadly. The last half hour treads water and becomes burdened with whimsy. But kids will enjoy it, and connoisseurs of 80s cinema.
Only M. Night Shyamalan could tell you what his excruciatingly pretentious and boring film is about. It's the final nail in his progressively awful trilogy (Unbreakable, Split, Glass) about the apparent need to be your own superhero. Who cares? Sententious, interminable, narcissistic garbage.
Any Kubrick fan will already know Leon Vitali's name. He started his association as a good-looking young actor playing Ryan O'Neal's stepson in Barry Lyndon, but then became Kubrick's gofer and factotum up to and after Kubrick's death. This fascinating documentary, stuffed with clips and interviews, shows the very real cost of subsuming oneself on the altar of art or the service of 'genius'. Vitali is a shell of who he was, and the psychology of his sacrifice is what this excellent documentary is ultimately about.
One of the better of the Universal 1950s B pictures, almost entirely because of the crisp black-and-white 3D, which distracts from the pedestrian plotting (Amazon archaeology expedition looking for dinosaur fossils) and rather static direction by Jack Arnold. The creature itself is about as terrifying as a rubber bath plug, but you can see how Spielberg borrowed a few of the sequences for his vastly superior Jaws. Worth seeing for the 3D.
The critics were unfairly harsh on this characteristically opaque examination of family secrets, betrayal and the mysteries of life. It's not an easy film to follow, at least initially, Haneke doesn't hold your hand or spell everything out, but that approach pays growing dividends as the onion is slowly unpeeled. Marvellous acting from his ensemble cast, led by Matthieu Kassovitz, Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Fantastique.