Rogue One ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Michael Giacchio’s score that gloriously and seamlessly interlopes John Williams’ famous fanfare from the original Star Wars movies with new music seems like the perfect encapsulation of Gareth Edwards’ task in his stand-alone film. And his biggest achievement is finding and maintaining that fine balance: pleasing the many fanboys out there who has grown up …

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them ⭐⭐⭐

A return to J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World is entertaining, but less magical than the Potter franchise. 'Fantastic Beasts' is an extremely well-made studio movie; a big budget and it shows. Stunning production design propels you to jazz-age Manhattan to differentiate it from the traditional Potter-verse. But quotes from John Williams' memorable 'Hedwig's Theme' are …

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Arrival ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

A stunning piece of film-making from Director Dennis Villeneuve - one of the  films of the year is also one of the great Science Fiction movies of all time. Arrival may utilise traditional science fiction- and indeed blockbuster -  tropes very successfully,but as a film it moves far beyond these initial more limited expectations to become something …

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Moana ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Post-Frozen, entertaining Disney with stunning visuals  - but slightly lacking plot-wise. Veteran Disney Directors, Musker  & Clements (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules) dive into an ocean of Polynesian mythology as protagonist Moana seeks to re-unite a mystic stone with a Goddess. Beautiful animation.  An excellent music score from amongst others Mr "Hamilton" himself,  Lin-Manuel Miranda. Good vocal work from …

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