Independence Day: Resurgence

2 out of 5 stars It is to no one’s surprise that Independence Day: Ridiculous is a piece of nonsense as loud, dumb, and overblown as its predecessor 20 years ago; only this time without Will Smith, there is unfortunately also less charisma to go round. Most of the other older cast members are back …

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Tale of Tales

4 out of 5 stars On paper, a 2hr film interweaving three unconnected ‘fairy-tales’ using a Europudding cast with Italian special effects just doesn’t sound very promising. Thankfully the film proves me wrong. It is confidently directed by Matteo Garrone and it's been a while since I have last come across a script as assured …

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The Nice Guys

3 out of 5 stars Odd-couple gumshoe movie, set in the 70's, which works for most of its (just shy of) 2 hours running time. Pleasantly bonkers plot and a funktastic soundtrack. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously, and if you don't take it too seriously either you should be thoroughly entertained.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Director’s Cut

Five out of five stars. You can probably guess that CE3K is one of my favourite movies. So a visit to the BFI to view a new,  though certainly not flawless, 35mm print was pretty much mandatory. Watching Spielberg's classic never fails for me. Sure, it has some narrative imperfections, but the movies builds through …

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