4 out of 5 stars An All The President's Men for the 21st century. Nothing flashy, no virtuoso directorial flourishes. Instead, a solidly made, well-written ensemble piece, the story of which is no less shocking for being so familiar.



3.5 out of 5 stars On paper, a remake of Rocky with Apollo’s son, should’ve been a sentimental and abhorrent mess. However while the film’s structure is very conventional and the plot is as predictable as the inevitable inclusion of those training montages but damn if it isn’t so effective plucking those heartstrings exactly right. …

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  5 stars A small miracle of a movie, underpinned by pitch perfect performances from the leads, fluid direction and great cinematography, with images that were burnt onto this sub-titled friend's retina long after she departed the cinema. Genre-wise, part thriller, part psychological drama. part family drama. But at the end of the day, it doesn't …

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Grey Gardens at The Southwark Playhouse

Four out of five stars. I came to the musical Grey Gardens with very little  knowledge of the cult seventies documentary on which it is based. But that didn't reduce my enjoyment in the slightest. It's  the story of mother and daughter 'Big' and 'Little' Edie Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy, who lived in squalor …

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The Hateful Eight (70mm Roadshow version)

4 out of 5 stars The Hateful Eight is 187 mins of Tarantino’s quick-fire and witted verbiage where the narrative detours irreverently and often unpredictably into more layers of stories but never a dull phrase spoken. The first half sets the scene and personal connections between the characters and then it is on to the …

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