John Wick: Chapter 2 ⭐⭐1/2

While the first film has the elements of unexpected pleasures and surprise on its side, that’s not the case for the sequel. Chapter 2 is the same old B-movie overkill nonsense and it goes without saying that logic and realism has long been decimated and ripped to shreds, while there is hardly any concern that […]

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T2 Trainspotting  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

20 years later in this T2, we find Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor and the rest of the cast in fine nostalgic and reflective form. It’s in a great scene, about 10-15 mins into the film: Mark Renton has returned to his now widowed father’s home and they sat down around their kitchen table, framed exactly […]

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20th Century Women ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Two observations I’d make after watching this film: one is how impressed I am with the generally high quality of films in this year’s Oscars; and the other is that Annette Bening was robbed of at least a nomination, if not the statue, for Best Actress as she gave a heartfelt, subtle and truly amazing […]

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Fences ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What betrays the film’s theatrical roots is not only the up-close camerawork or the confinement of nearly the whole film in and around a backyard where many a lengthy discussions took place but in August Wilson’s verbally dexterous and awe-inspiring Arthur Miller-esque script where emotions are expressed and events are discussed and retold, instead of […]

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Denial ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rachel Weisz stars as the American author Deborah Lipstadt and Timothy Spall as Hitler historian David Irving in this true life adaptation of the 1996 Irving v. Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt libel case. The defamation charge came about after Lipstadt, argued that Irving is a Holocaust denier, falsifier and bigot in her 1993 book, […]

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Moonlight  ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

The lonely and tragi-beautiful world of Little/Chiron/Black, a young black gay man growing up in a depressing Miami suburb is effectively and lyrically evoked not only by the film’s exquisite cinematography and the unique and elegantly melancholic score, but also more importantly by a delicate and wistful script on a subject matter that is rarely […]

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Toni Erdmann (Ger) ⭐⭐1/2

By no means a bad film but mis-sold as a comedy, I must confess that I do not understand the love and accolades that’s been lavished on this German film where I laughed exactly ONCE during its bum numbing 162 minutes. Overworked and underappreciated, Ines finds her not exactly happy life turned upside down when […]

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T2 Trainspotting ⭐⭐⭐

Twenty years on Renton returns to Edinburgh to meet up with the old Trainspotting gang… Best described as “Last of the Summer Wine on Smack” this is an entertaining sequel. The cleverness of John Hodges’ script is to recognise from the outset that the film and the characters live in the shadow of Danny Boyle’s […]

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The Lego Batman Movie ⭐⭐⭐

Juvenile humour sits side by side with clever meta-postmodern in-jokes for the more film savvy amongst the audience – Lego’s spoof of the Batman movies is messy and chaotic Fun for ages 3 to 103. Will Arnett’s Batman and Zach Galifianakis’s Joker are as good as any of their predecessors with additional comedic timing; but with […]

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