Barbie

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is an entertaining, albeit uneven mix of escapism, social critique, self-parody and meta cinema. It seeks to represent the Barbie doll and brand as something more than “sexualised capitalism”, and yet it unabashedly indulges in the superficial, reinforcing the kind of empty iconography that features heavily in Aqua’s 1997 song, Barbie...

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A Man Called Otto

A Man Called Otto, directed by Marc Forster, is a film that attempts to be both grounded and reassuring. Dealing with topics such as loss, suicide and corporate ethics, it oscillates between light-hearted comedy and confronting situations. A lot of these situations verge on the unpalatable; while suicide is not something one can sanitise,...

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Knock at the Cabin

Knock at the Cabin (directed by M. Night Shyamalan) is a surprisingly engaging psychological thriller with strong performances that compensate for the film’s outlandish premise. The cast is a welcome mix of popular and emerging actors, some of whom take their acting skills to new heights. While the film excels in capturing modern day...

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