Jackie ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

A portrait of Jackie Kennedy before, during and after the assassination of JFK. Pablo Larrain’s film abandons traditional narrative in favour of random scenes depicting Jackie often in close up. Structurally an interview by journalist Billy Cruddup with the grieving First Lady  provides the spine of the film. But for the most part this is […]

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La La Land ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Joyous and bitter sweet. A movie that Cinemascope was made for. Go see on the biggest screen you can! Despite mostly rave reviews, it is a Marmite movie … I have spoken to a few friends who vehemently disliked it whilst others have been in raptures. Whilst I acknowledge the singing and dancing aren’t up […]

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Lion ⭐⭐⭐½

Lion does not roar, but pleasingly purrs. Although flawed, nuanced direction and performances ensure that it packs an emotional punch. This is a film of two uneven halves, charting Saroo’s separation from his family, adoption by kindly Australian parents and his search for his birth mother The adorable Sunny Pawar shines through the stronger first half as […]

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Hacksaw Ridge⭐⭐⭐½

It all started so unpromisingly. Corny, predictable love story with adult actors playing much younger. Strange (but authentic) Southern accents coming out of recognizable British and Australian actors. Bible bashing. Mel Gibson (directing)! However, as the film switches briefly into a legal drama before the full on war extravaganza, it becomes a totally different beast. […]

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The Founder⭐⭐⭐

Based on the true story how McDonald’s changed the way we consume food and became the international conglomerate it is now, this understating film is conventionally told in a very matter of fact way and solidly assembled under the safe hands of John Lee Hancock who directed The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks. It […]

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Scribe ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

After suffering  a breakdown, a middle aged man is employed to transcribe a series of phone calls. But murder and political intrigue turn his whole life upside down. Enjoyable French conspiracy thriller, well directed and with the ever dependable Francois Cluzet in the central ‘Everyman’ role. Worth a view if it ever gets a  deserving […]

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A Monster Calls ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A young boy befriends a tree monster as he deals with the illness of his loving Mum. No children’s film. This is a tough watch at times, using a fantastical device and Patrick Ness’ remarkable magic storytelling to address often unsaid truths about the trauma of long term illness. I found this incredibly moving.  You […]

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Hacksaw Ridge ⭐⭐⭐

An Officer and a Conscientious Objector. Mel Gibson’s makes a solid return to directorial duties with a very watchable war time epic. A good – and largely Antipodean cast – delivers the goods, but the movie belongs to Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss. (His accent does grate somewhat, but this is an accurate portrayal […]

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Passengers ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

A spacecraft on a 120 year mission to a new colony, but an accident awakens two passengers from their suspended animation 80 years early. This year’s Christmas blockbuster disappointment really does deserve a watch. The visuals are stunning, the leads personable and charming. More a sci fi romance with a central, if slightly awkward twist, […]

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