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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The Family Fang ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The new take on the indie whimsical family drama in which the grown-up kids try to escape their eccentric upbringing and parents is that they are a family of hippy-ish conceptual artists that begins in the 70s who ropes their children into their acts, whether they want to or not. Jason Bateman directs as well […]

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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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Edge of Winter ⭐️1/2

In this film where the last Robocop meets the next Spider-Man, it couldn’t decide whether it wants to be an indie drama or a third-rate The Shining. The end result is a slow and predictable descent into silly melodrama as Joel Kinnaman’s divorced father tries to avoid losing his two sons when his ex-wife decide […]

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Elvis and Nixon ⭐️⭐️1/2

An intriguing enough idea for a film and one I had looked forward to seeing but sadly, I feel shortchanged after viewing. It isn’t because the actual meeting lasted no more than maybe a third of the running time of the film or that the performances of Michael Shannon (who is more Elvis in spirit than […]

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The Girl on the Train

On a Saturday afternoon in Rome (on my own), it happily passed a couple of hours of my time but Tate Taylor needs to watch how competent directors handle this type of genre. One of the most annoying thing was knowing in advance about the controversy over her mascara. ⭐⭐1/2

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