Solo: A Star Wars Story ⭐⭐⭐

My favourite thing in Solo is Alden Ehrenreich. His young Han Solo is simply sublime, striking the right balance between mimicry and performance as he captures Han/Harrison’s blossoming swagger and arrogance/confidence which at the same time belies a softer more romantic side he considers a vulnerability that he tries to hide. I just wish that […]

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Revenge (Fr) ⭐⭐⭐½

I think it is pertinent to start by stating that I find this schlocky, exploitative B-movie tremendously thrilling and gripping, and the fact that it was brilliantly made by Coralie Fargeat, a female writer-director, and is partly in English and partly French (with subtitles) means that I only need to feel half as guilty enjoying […]

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On Chesil Beach ⭐⭐⭐½

Only knowing Ian McEwan from films adapted from his books (Enduring Love, Atonement) I find this latest to be similarly off kilter, slightly unsettling and unexpectedly satisfying. Very often in his stories, a small decision or a secret can have devastating effects on the lives of many, and so it is here that we witness […]

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Deadpool 2 ⭐⭐⭐½

I must confess I love a sarcastic, irreverent take on the tired and ubiquitous superhero genre, so I find the fearlessness and freshness of the first Deadpool rather endearing. In this inevitable sequel where the element of surprise has gone, it has doubled down on its cartoonish violence and adolescent (c)rudeness, but what’s unexpected is […]

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Tully ⭐⭐⭐

Just like Juno and Young Adult before, this third outing from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody (or the second with Charlize Theron), is another smart and thoughtful film that ever so slightly bucks and plays with genre expectations. Theron’s performance literally holds the whole film together and you totally feel for her exhausted […]

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Avengers: Infinity War ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A decade after the first Iron Man kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this latest instalment impressively juggles a hefty number of characters, locations, film styles and plot lines, and somehow manages to avoid being the mess that it so easily could have been (cough…JusticeLeague). Neater and tonally more serious, it still capably mines the potential […]

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Ghost Stories ⭐⭐⭐

Having seen this in the West End a few years ago, I know the theatrical production is at its most impressive when it managed to transfer live on stage so effectively what horror filmmakers do on-screen with jump cuts and other CGI or editing tricks, so that you feel like you are actually inside the […]

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A Quiet Place ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Too many horror films rely on the ‘quiet, quiet, bang!’ formula to jump scare you or the storytelling runs out of steam after an initially great What if..? idea and descends into stupidity and contrivances. This is one genre that hasn’t impressed me much recently (not even Get Out with its great concept but silly […]

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Love, Simon ⭐⭐⭐½

Simon is gay. He’s already come to terms with it, but is nervous about coming out to friends and family. When another local gay student reveals his sexuality online anonymously, Simon contacts him, entering into a correspondence, which will change his life. Simon is not only gay, he’s found himself in a commercial teen film. […]

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Isle of Dogs ⭐⭐⭐⭐

While it’s a given that a Wes Anderson film will be whimsical, it is more surprising to find his second stop-motion animation to be so politically timely. Set in a futuristic Japan, the dog-hating Mayor of Megasaki City decrees that all dogs are to be exiled to Trash Island as a result of Dog Flu […]

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