The Death of Stalin ⭐⭐½

A movie where the sum of its parts doesn’t quite make a whole. A fine cast with some great performances, notably a superb cameo from Jason Isaacs as an army general reimagined as a gruff northerner (think Sean Bean with a chest full of military medals) and Jeffrey Tambor’s turn as Stalin’s weak, vain deputy. […]

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Our Time Will Come ⭐⭐½

Lan (Xun Zhao) is a schoolteacher living with her mother in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong.  After helping some intellectuals boarding in her mother’s house escape to mainland China, she is drawn into the resistance movement. The film follows the stories of Lan, her mother, the rebel leader Blackie Lau (Eddie Peng) and Lan’s would-be fiancé, now […]

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The Hungry ⭐⭐⭐½

An elegantly gruesome retelling of Titus Andronicus set in modern-day India.  Sunny Ajuha, the hapless older son of Tathagat Ahuja (Naseeruddin Shah) is about to marry Tulsi Joshi (Tisca Chopra), a woman several years her senior.  It’s a wedding that brings two wealthy Delhi business families together, but the guests are left wondering what the […]

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King of Peking ⭐⭐⭐1/2

King of Peking is an unashamedly nostalgic and delightfully charming film about a father and his young son in 1990s Beijing (Peking for the purposes of this review).  It’s a time when private enterprise is just taking off, but the old Communist-command economy is still very much in evidence. Big Wong is a travelling projectionist, […]

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Have a Nice Day ⭐⭐⭐½

When Xiao Zhan, a delivery driver for a construction company, steals a bag of money from his gangster boss in order to take his girlfriend to South Korea for corrective cosmetic surgery after an original operation went wrong.  Not surprisingly, his boss wants it back and gets his enforcer onto the case. To complicate matters, […]

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Equilibrium ⭐⭐⭐½

Father Giovanni is an idealistic Catholic priest who secures a posting to an impoverished district of Naples.  Believing that a good priest should minister to the community, and at first he is welcomed by the local people. But Father Giovanni (an almost preternaturally calm performance by Mimmo Borrelli) also wants to take practical steps to […]

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The Limehouse Golem ⭐⭐⭐½

An unknown serial killer calling themselves the Limehouse Golem is stalking Victorian London with a series of theatrically gruesome murders.  On the night of the last Golem murder, music-hall star Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke) has been accused of poisoning her husband John Cree and is sentenced to hang. It’s a case for Bill Nighy as […]

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Dunkirk ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dunkirk (directed by Christopher Nolan) is one of the most astonishing and beautiful films you will see this year. We meet Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), one of thousands of Allied soldiers waiting to be evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk, Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), a pleasure yacht owner who wants to do his bit, and three […]

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Baby Driver ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a music-obsessed teenage getaway driver in this crime-fuelled car caper directed by Edgar Wright.  Oh, and it has one of the greatest movie soundtracks ever. In the opening scene, Baby is beating the steering wheel in time to the music on his headphones whilst the three robbers he is chauffeuring are […]

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