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The Good Liar

★★★★ – THE GUARDIAN  -  The veteran pair duel hypnotically in a mystery thriller whose occasional silliness is masked by storytelling gusto -  This mystery thriller is outrageous and irresistible, an old-fashioned drama with dashes of Patricia Highsmith, Patrick Hamilton, John le Carré and maybe...
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The Good Liar

★★★★ - THE TIMES  - Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are the cinematic couple that we never knew we needed. Until now -  Sharing the big screen, almost inconceivably for the first time, they play a pair of elderly online daters who, in the opening scene, meet in a north London gastropub. Mirren and...
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The Biggest Little Farm

★★★★ - TIME OUT  - This joyous doc about a couple striving to set up a biodiverse farm from scratch is pure cinematic dopamine -  Like a cross between Microcosmos and an origin story for Old MacDonald, this wonderful doc is possibly the most joyous 90 minutes you’ll spend in a cinema this year....
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The Biggest Little Farm

★★★½ - STUFF   - Eco-doco offers enlightening, but also sobering viewing -  What happens when a wildlife cameraman and a private chef and culinary blogger decide to attempt to farm 200 California acres in harmony with nature? That's the premise of this entertaining eco-documentary. Former Animal...
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Knives Out

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Knives Out: The murder mystery that's also one of the best movies of 2019 -  Before Rian Johnson travelled to a galaxy far far away, he crafted two of the best detectives stories of the 21st century. 2006 debut Brick was a brilliant, bravura and breathtakingly ingenious movie set...
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Knives Out

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Knives Out: Rian Johnson crafts a devious meta whodunnit -  The Last Jedi director lets loose with a wickedly entertaining Agatha Christie homage featuring a star-packed cast.  Taking a brief well-earned break from the creative restrictions of the Star Wars universe, Rian...
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Frozen II

★★★★ - STUFF  - Even six years after its debut, the love for Frozen in my household is yet to melt away. Disney's tale of two princesses delivered a potent mix of thrilling adventure, tear-inducing emotion, memorable characters and toe-tapping tunes that prompted a heartfelt four-word from the...
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The Dead Don't Die

★★★★ - THE TELEGRAPH  - A winningly eccentric way to usher in the zombie apocalypse -  When word got out that Iggy Pop would be playing a zombie in the new Jim Jarmusch film, some of us found ourselves wondering how we would be able to tell. Not that there was ever any doubt that it would work: it...
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Mrs Lowry and Son

★★★★ - STUFF  - A very-nearly two-hander, set mostly in a couple of shabby rooms, on the nettlesome relationship between a grown man and his vexatious mother, adapted from a play. It really doesn't sound like the stuff of laugh-out-loud comedy and an authentically moving examination of mortality...
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Fisherman's Friends

★★★★ - DAILY MAIL  - Fisherman's Friends is an easy-going, gently moving treat which will surely go down as one of the most crowd-pleasing British films of the year.  When it comes to sea shanties, I’m very much of the school that a little goes a long way. I’m fine with a stirring chorus or two...
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#AnneFrank: Parallel Stories

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Frank re-evaluation feels just as relevant today -  Anne Frank was born in 1929 into a German Jewish family. When Anne was four, her family moved to the Netherlands. The Nazis poured into Amsterdam in 1940 and, by 1942, the persecution of Jews and other "undesirables" had become...
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Ford v Ferrari

★★★★ - STUFF  - Motor racing, like boxing, lends itself brilliantly to filmmaking. The classic narrative of all adventure movies – start, lose, learn lesson, triumph in the end – is pretty much baked into the history of any racer or race manufacturer you could name. And, as with Ron Howard's very...
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