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Honest Thief

- Honest Thief delivers pure entertainment -  Although he’s not following the Taken formula this time, have no fear because Liam Neeson is delivering exactly what this 60ish action-movie star promises fans when he boards a vehicle like his latest, Honest Thief.  This one from Ozark co-creator Mark…
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Baby Done

★★★★ - STUFF  - Rose Matafeo shines in funny, fresh Kiwi answer to Knocked Up -  Zoe (Rose Matafeo) has always prided herself on being a daredevil and a free-spirit. While her friends have started marrying off and having kids (“the hen’s parties and baby showers have started blurring together,”…
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★★★★½ - STUFF  - Henry Golding shines in superb, slow-burning Vietnam-set drama -  Kit (Henry Golding) was six the last time he was in Saigon. Thirty years on and now definitely more British than Vietnamese, he’s returned to where he was born to pay homage to his parents. With both having…
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The Climb

★★★★ - STUFF  - How a tale of two friends bickering became a small marvel of a movie -  There's a meme doing the rounds on Facebook. “Describe your favourite film as dully as possible.” “Three men go fishing”, or “Priest visits sick girl and her mum” are a couple of examples. By that measure,…
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I Am Greta

★★★½ - STUFF  - Intimate doco lifts the lid on the life of Greta Thunberg -  She’s the Swedish teen who inspired thousands of others around the world to skip school to protest against government inaction on climate change. The self-confessed “nerd” who claimed the world’s current political…
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★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - In this smart, deeply felt drama, a British Vietnamese man returns to the old country to make sense of his family history -  The rains only come at the end of this film, but there is no drenching emotional release to go with them; the weather is more complicated.…
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The Climb

★★★★★ - FINANCIAL TIMES  - The Climb is the kind of character-based indie American comedy that is in sadly dwindling supply these days. It explores friendship, fidelity and the uphill struggle of growing up, and it’s an utterly hilarious humdinger. Much of this is down its to co-leads…
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I Am Greta

★★★★★ - RADIO TIMES  - Nathan Grossman’s up-close account of Swedish teen Greta Thunberg begins on a solar-powered, carbon-neutral yacht, as she eschews air travel to sail to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit. It’s just the start of a film that provides a vital, intimate portrait of an…
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The Mystery of Henri Pick

★★★★ - STUFF  - A best-selling novel finally gets a great adaptation -  In present day France, on the wild and outrageously beautiful Breton coast, there is a village book shop. And in that book shop, in an annex to the main building, there is a very special library. It is a Library of Rejected…
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The More You Ignore Me

★★★★ - STUFF  - Jo Brand's best-selling book now a fabulous movie -  The More You Ignore Me is writer and comedian Jo Brand's own adaptation of her own, hugely popular 2009 novel. Brand worked as a psychiatric nurse in the years before her comedy career took off, and she brings an unflinching and…
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Miss Juneteenth

★★★★ - STUFF  - Compelling drama displays contempt for America's racial divide -  In small town Texas, the annual Miss Juneteenth pageant brings the Black side of town, at least, to a halt. Winners will be offered a college scholarship, but second place might as well be nowhere. In 2004,…
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Lucky Grandma

★★★★ - STUFF  - An 80-year-old takes on the triads. What's not to love? -  She’s played a Bond girl twice, spent three years on Grey’s Anatomy and provided vocal performances for everything from The Bridge Over the River Kwai to last year’s Abominable. That veteran actor Tsai Chin is not a…
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