Good Manners ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In Sao Paolo dignified Clara takes a job as a live-in nanny with rich girl and mother-to-be, Ana, but Ana’s strange behaviour hints that this is a very unusual pregnancy… How do you describe this film without revealing its central narrative twist? With difficulty I guess and I’m sure any reviews  – and indeed the […]

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Funny Cow ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In sixties chauvinistic Britain,  Funny Cow faces  the challenge of becoming a stand up comedian. Beautifully directed by  Adrian Shergold with great widescreen cinematography, Funny Cow really does show no sign of its budgetary limitations. This is an excellent and intelligent piece of British movie- making. With its roots  firmly in the kitchen sink dramas […]

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The Shape of Water ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In Fifties America, a lonely mute girl encounters a creature held at a Government facility and her life is changed… The latest film from Guillermo del Toro defies easy genre categorisation. Is it a monster movie? Perhaps. Is there horror? On occasion. Is there romance? Well, that would be telling.. There’s a buzz about this […]

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Journey’s End ⭐⭐⭐

March 1918.  And on the front line trenches of the First World War, C Company await the next German attack…. An adaptation of R C Sheriff’s classic 1928 play,  I can’t comment with any real knowledge on the way that Simon Reade’ has adapted and broadened the original text.It is certainly more cinematic  –  despite […]

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Abracadabra⭐⭐⭐1/2

A Spanish housewife finds her brutish husband transformed after an encounter with an amateur hypnotist. And so begins a journey to discover the truth behind the change….. Pablo Berger’s very enjoyable film is, by his own admission, a homage to early Almodovar – so think ‘ What Have I Done to Deserve This?’ and you […]

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Lean on Pete ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Lonely teenager Charley bonds with horse ‘Lean on Pete’, embarking on an emotional journey across America’s Northwest. The latest movie from director Andrew Haigh demonstrates his versatility, but after the brilliance of both Weekend and 45 years, it comes as a slight disappointment. The flaws may exist in the original source material. A certain flatness […]

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mother!⭐⭐⭐

A woman awakens in her newly (and self) renovated home to find her calm existence challenged by the selfishness of her husband and an intrusive man and his wife. Also known as  ‘What the Eff was that?” Or even “What the F Cinemascore was that?!!” This is challenging movie going, more marmite than any studio […]

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Baby Driver ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A baby-faced getaway driver seeks  to escape a life of crime. Edgar Wright’s joyful, brilliant film is pure pleasure on celluloid – or is that digital nowadays? In any case, it captures beautifully the way in which the IPOD or MP3 player – call it what you will! – creates a soundtrack to our own […]

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