Beach Rats ⭐⭐½

Despite a raw performance from newcomer (and British actor) Harris Dickinson who plays Frankie, a conflicted and sexually confused Brooklyn teenager, and solid production and effective camera work that makes the best of its limited budget; the film just cannot escape the familiar pitfalls of indie drama of this genre. The amateurish supporting cast looks […]

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Wonder ⭐⭐⭐½

Much like Paddington 2 recently (but with less furry creatures and more convincing narrative plotting), this is another cosy and charming film for the family that advocates tolerance and kindness. Based on a YA bestseller, on the surface this is about Auggie, a 10 year old boy with facial deformities attending preparatory school for the […]

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The Disaster Artist ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It takes something truly unique to channel and fully utilize the wacky artistic temperaments and creative talents of multi-hyphenate James Franco and he found his muse in Tommy Wiseau, the similarly producer-writer-director-actor star of the notoriously bad film, The Room. Based on Wiseau’s co-star and best friend, Greg Sestero’s book, this is a meta and […]

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Borg vs. McEnroe ⭐⭐½

Essentially a Swedish film with a Danish director (and bearing in mind the original Swedish title is just ‘Borg’), so the film’s scope and sympathies unsurprisingly lean towards the Swedish player, even though it tries hard to be fair and even compassionate towards Borg’s American opponent. Set mainly during Wimbledon 1980, it pivots from the […]

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Battle Of The Sexes ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Adorable yet poignant and timely, this film about the famous 1973 tennis match between Bille Jean King and Bobby Riggs covers not only how it came into being but also juxtaposed events happening on and off the court by delving into the players’ personal and marital lives, especially that of King’s sexuality. From the writer […]

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You Were Never Really Here ⭐⭐⭐

Lynne Ramsay’s “Taxi Driver for the 21st century”, as the French poster helpfully screams, is, for me, a muddled and slightly unsatisfying affair. Based on Jonathan Ames’s novel, I’m sure there is a well written and cogent story somewhere but the film, draped in sombre shades and elegiac neons, keeps holding back both narratively and […]

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Justice League ⭐⭐½

Having learnt nothing from Batman vs. Superman and its lame Lex Luthor, they’ve doubled down on the awfulness with a flatly CG’ed Steppenwolf, a villain completely devoid of any personality that no fans are asking for. This is but one of many problems DC/Warner have in their own Superhero Mashup response to The Avengers. Following […]

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Paddington 2 ⭐⭐⭐½

An adorable improvement from the first film, it is also sophisticated enough to deliver comedy that invokes Harold Lloyd or Chaplin, yet for every sequence where Paddington manages to set his neighbours or in-mates right by sheer innocent force of what Aunt Lucy has taught him, there’s a contrived narrative mechanism magical plane of helpful […]

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