The Dinner ⭐⭐

Richard Gere and Steve Coogan are brothers (a sentence I thought I would never write), one is a gubernatorial candidate and the other a seemingly unhinged history teacher. Over a super-fancy dinner in an ultra-chic restaurant, they and their wives played by Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall are here to discuss the fallout after a […]

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Colossal ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Anne Hathaway plays a drunken mess who returns to her empty childhood home after being dumped by her boyfriend (a mostly underused Dan Stevens). Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, there is a monster creating rampage in Seoul and somehow the two are connected. To say more will spoil this genre melting pot […]

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Miss Sloane ⭐⭐⭐

Miss Sloane, played with captivating presence by Jessica Chastain who is definitely the best thing in this film, is a conviction-lobbyist working in Washington D.C. who, for reasons not entirely elaborated, decides to take on the gun lobby on a piece of legislation that requires mandatory background checks for any firearm purchases. If “conviction-lobbyist” means […]

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Alien: Covenant ⭐⭐⭐½

On one level, this is an effective film with a few good scares and decent gory moments which even manage to invert and nod at the classic scene in the first Alien; but it is also a Ridley Scott film and so while it is technically and visually stunning as always, one also expects more […]

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Their Finest ⭐⭐⭐½

1940s London, the height of WWII, and Gemma Arterton’s Catrin joins the Ministry of Information, Film Division, making propaganda films to inform and inspire the general population in an authentic and optimistic way. The film starts off lightly with comedic japery as we get to know the various characters operating both in front of and […]

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The Journey ⭐⭐⭐½

As a Peter Morgan-esque fictitious conversation between Dr. Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness as they travel from St. Andrews to Edinburgh airport during the Anglo-Irish Peace talks, it manages to capture something very real about their relationship. This conversation as imagined by writer Colin Bateman acts as the vehicle in which we come to understand […]

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Raw (Fr/Belg) ⭐⭐⭐

Horror films do not fare well against pre-release hype as the most effective horror is the one that creeps up on you unsuspectingly and a pre-warned audience will often find what’s on screen not half as scary as what they imagined beforehand in their heads. This film is a typical case in point, handicapped by […]

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