Doctor Strange (2D) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Three out of five stars. Talented, if arrogant, surgeon is crippled in a car crash but emerges as the latest protector of the Earth with his own magical super -powers. The latest Marvel Studios’ installment adds the Sorcerer Doctor Strange to its roster of superheroes  and provides an enjoyable roller-coaster ride with rather nifty effects. In […]

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American Pastoral ⭐️⭐️1/2

Based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, this is an ambitious awards-season drama about the disintegration of an all-American family as a result of political activism in the late 60s. Judging the film on its own merits as I have not read the book, this is a glum and subdued film that refuses to provide […]

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American Pastoral

Apparently the book is meant to be a literary masterpiece but it is yet again Ewan McGregor and his damn frustrating American accent and as a result his acting always suffers. It’s very melodramatic and doesn’t deliver the emotional punch it ought to. Therefore, ⭐⭐1/2

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Its intentions are literary but it fails literally in that you do not really care or connect with the two central characters and I think the lead actors were miscast – ⭐⭐1/2

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The Hollars

It had good intentions (it wants to be meaningful) and it’s a nice little film but ultimately it would look fine on TV and therefore, ⭐⭐1/2  

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Hell or High Water

Good old proper cinema – just see it. I was going to give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 but Alan reminded me that there were too many contemplative Sunsets shots with the two brothers and therefore, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Birth of a Nation

Why is that when I go to a film dealing with this subject matter, and it’s not that often, that I (and maybe you) have decided that it’s going to wheel out the same old troupes (this is very popular phrase in mainstream cinema criticism at the moment – I don’t like it) and that […]

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