Bad Genius ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fast Times at Bangkok High meets Oceans Eleven. Dramatising an enterprising exam-cheating syndicate, this could be read as a critique of social inequalities in Thailand or simply enjoyed as a first-rate caper-thriller. Slick and sharp direction, engaging characters, and a witty script add up to a roller-coaster ride of a movie which is genuinely suspenseful …

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Downsizing ⭐⭐½

Alice goes down the rabbit hole and meets a Norwegian doomsday cult. Downsizing started well. A brilliant premise and the light satirical touches expected from Alexander Payne. It also has uniformly sound performances, including Matt Damon doing his Everyman thing to good effect (lots of lingering shots of him looking thoughtful), a handful of cameos …

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Lady Bird ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolution for the sin of Damsels in Distress   A gem of a surprise movie at this year's London Film Festival. Great Gerwig's directorial debut is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age movie with a mother / daughter love story at its core. Tender and witty,  never crossing the line into sentimentality,  and boasting a stellar performance from Saoirse …

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As the best way of going in to this excellent movie is without any fore-knowledge or preconceptions, I am keeping this review deliberately vague. A follow-up to Yorgos Lanthimos’s widely lauded The Lobster, IMHO this is the better movie.  Is it a horror movie, a revenge-thriller or a (very) black comedy? Maybe all three. Deft …

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