Arrival ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Arrival is labelled intelligent science fiction, but is really more of a thoughtful and thought provoking film that lives under the shadow of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; and Contact. Aliens have arrived on Earth via 12 gigantic hovering contact lenses and we have to figure out whether they are …

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Demolition ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jean-Marc Vallee’s effective and stylish directing is the best thing in this film but it is undermined by the rather plodding and over-metaphorical and at times, frustratingly twee script. Visually clever use of fast-cut montages moves the story along briskly and provides us with the background and context for specific scenes succinctly in a heavy …

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I, Daniel Blake ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The latest Ken Loach film delivers, as one would expect, no matter where one stands on the political spectrum. The typically unfussy direction is effective. The script is tight, and with no pretence of balance, this is simply an emotionally powerful argument and indictment on an imperfect and often hostile social security system that finds …

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