Passengers  ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Essentially a film of 3 parts: a moral dilemma, a romantic story and a disaster averting thriller in that order; the ambitious and multi-tonal script needs a really good director to pull it off as well as a pair of actors who are on-screen more or less all the time on their own to sell […]

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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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La La Land ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cinematic heaven – film of the year? It could be! “Another Day of Sun” is the opening song and sequence of “La La Land”, at the end of which my fellow audience members all  burst into rapturous applause. Me too! I was smiling and laughing  and loving this wonderful follow-up by Damien Chazelle to ‘Whiplash’. Chazelle’s magical tribute […]

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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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Moana ⭐⭐⭐1/2

The transformation of the millennial Disney Princess after Entangled and Frozen is almost complete here as they co-opt yet another culture and its folklore (Mulan, Frozen again, etc.) into a merchandise and sequel-friendly franchise. Technologically superb, the colours are as vivid as ever and the animation and effects are simply unbeatable (except for Pixar but […]

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Paterson ⭐⭐⭐

Adam Driver is mesmerizingly watchable as a bus driver named Paterson in Paterson, New Jersey who also happens to write poetry in his secret notebook when he is alone.  A quiet and passive man who seems to be hopelessly in love, the only window into his thoughts is via his poetry that we hear and […]

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Bleed For This ⭐️⭐️1/2

The boxing movie is such a tired and formulaic genre that it is often easy to fall into self parody. While this film falls short of doing that, neither can I say it reinvigorates the genre in any fresh or inspired manner. A solid entry that earnestly presents the story of Vinny Pazienza, a determined […]

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