Eye In The Sky

3.5 out of 5 stars A uniquely wordy script accommodating the many differing viewpoints and discourse on the issue at hand and with an international ensemble each confined in their respective internal spaces acting in front of a screen or into a phone (but looking no less cinematic under the fluid direction of Gavin Hood); […]

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Zootropolis (Zootopia)

3.5 out of 5 stars The Pixar-fication of Disney animation continues aplomb in their latest potential franchise maker. Take an adult genre – in this case, the buddy cop movie – and make it kids friendly but not patronising. Throw in (more than) a few funny and inspired gags that the grown-ups will appreciate  – […]

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Eye in the Sky

4.5 stars out of 5 Some years ago I endured a production of Antony & Cleopatra with Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren in the titular roles. What should have been so good was so bad, with La Mirren playing Cleo as a screechy harpie and AR’s Tony so laid back has was almost horizontal! Since then, both actors […]

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Midnight Special

3.5 out of 5 stars A film best enjoyed going in as blind as possible without knowing too much, this begins in the middle of a chase that would normally constitute the third act for a more conventional thriller, and it demands its audience’s attention to pick up all the backstory, the motivations and connections, […]

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Eddie The Eagle

2.5 out of 5 stars Inoffensive but predictable and formulaic Britcom based on real life Winter Olympics participant Eddie Edwards, the story straddles fact and fiction (factional?) and would have been quite forgettable if not for Dexter Fletcher’s efficient and economical directing and, here’s the only surprise of the film, a likeable and pleasing performance […]

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The Club (El Club)

3.5 out of 5 stars This quietly powerful Chilean film tackles the same delicate subject as the latest Oscar winner and it equally demands your attention and time if you can seek it out in your local arthouse cinema. The spotlight is on a bunch of ex- priests, who for one reason or another, are […]

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High-Rise

4 out of 5 stars Not having strong opinions either way for J.G. Ballard whose novel this is based on (I’ve only seen Crash and not even Empire of the Sun) or director Ben Wheatley (I didn’t rate Kill List much though I remember enjoying Sightseers) I had no expectations or any preconceived ideas going […]

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