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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review

In an interview with Polygon, director Sam Raimi said he hopes audiences can “use their imagination” when they step into his first Marvel outing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That is unheard of for the series of near-30 features so far. Another plunge into the usual formula time and time again, relying more and more on the simple tactics that have conned people into wanting the same thing over and over. More power to those who can trick audiences into trickling cash into an unchanging, unmoving product for the emotionally deficient. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness soon boils down to pop-culture jabs, cameo-stuffed filler roles for the friends of Raimi (a wasted Bruce Campbell role is offered up) and the inevitable crossover of product fighting products looking to destroy some vague entity. Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

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Elf Review

Innocent minds can take on all they want in Santa’s workshop, or at least, that is what Elf opens with. Straight to school with Buddy (Will Ferrell) who is trained up as a human set for work. Smashing toy hammers onto the backs of boards, crafting dolls and testing jack-in-the-box toys, it is what Christmas cheer is all about. Consumerism of the finest toys and traditions around in this Jon Favreau piece. It is a story of not fitting in, and the fight to find that spot in life where things feel natural and unique, yet comfortable and knowable. Elf is a decent feature, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Kodachrome Review

In death, there is salvation for the estranged fathers and miserable sons who try and follow in their faded footsteps. Kodachrome utilises this process well, with its difficult relationship between a father and son slowly mended in the final days of the father’s life. Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis’ pairing on-screen from director Mark Raso finds the pair playing characters who, for one reason or another, are at the end of their respective roads. One is, quite literally at the end of his, taking the final days of his life as best he can. The other has nearly been dropped by the job that held him for a decade, his ears no longer helping his music career. What a pairing for a road trip. 

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Wind River Review

Murder most foul on the Native American reservation, there is a lingering doubt shared between the leading characters, one that twangs the chord of distrust. Any good murder mystery has a meaning or message at the core of it, and while Wind River has that, it is not, necessarily, its main focus. Taylor Sheridan’s sophomore effort balances this mindset and the effective pangs of a neo-western with controlled meditations on local law enforcement and the growing issue of murder, targeted at the Native American community. There is comfort in the considerate lead characters, they make for a great leading duo that make the tough times tense and the revelations of this murder mystery exciting and tantalising. A tough blend to perfect, Wind River comes close to the heights of the genre.  

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