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The Humorist

★★★★ - STUFF  - The year is 1984 – of course – and in Soviet Russia, the most famous and beloved stand-up comic of them all is Boris Arkadyev. Boris is hitting middle-age like a beetle hits a windscreen. His material is stale, but still wildly popular with the audiences on the state-sanctioned...
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Proxima

★★★★ - STUFF  - Eva Green is superb in this French Film Fest headliner -  Before we see Eva Green light up the small screen as Lydia Wells in the BBC/TVNZ co-production of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries, there's a chance to see her luminous qualities on display as part of this year's French Film...
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Dark Waters

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Why you need to see Mark Ruffalo's new movie -  Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) was Taft, Stettinius & Hollister's great white hope. For eight years, the Cincinnati corporate defence lawyer had skilfully helped the law firm's key petroleum company clients mitigate and avoid any...
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Dark Waters

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - In this gripping real-life thriller, Mark Ruffalo plays a lawyer who takes on the company that dumped toxic chemicals in West Virginia for decades -  Todd Haynes is such a distinctive authorial voice in American cinema, a genius from left field, notably addressing identity...
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NT Live: Fleabag

★★★★★ - FLICKS  - Fleabag viewers will find so many reasons to love the NT Live solo performance -  Phoebe Waller-Bridge performs her award-winning solo show Fleabag (inspiration for the TV phenomenon of the same name) in a live recording from London’s West End that’s in limited cinema release...
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Military Wives

★★★★★ - DAILY MAIL   - Military Wives deserve a chorus of approval -  This hugely engaging, enormously moving film tells the true story of the first Military Wives choir, the one that started even before choirmaster Gareth Malone and the BBC got in on the act. It hits all the right notes, with...
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Mr Jones

★★★★ - STUFF  - The Ukrainian famine of 1932 to 1934 – The Holodomor – is a still little understood disaster. Whether or not the mass starvation was the result of a deliberate policy by Joseph Stalin to destroy the Ukrainian resistance movement is debated, as is the number of deaths. Three million...
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The Current War

★★★★ - DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD DAILY  - Benedict Cumberbatch Lights Up The Screen As Thomas Edison In Smart Historical Drama -  If there were an Oscar for Best Save, the new reworking of the two-year-old Toronto Film Festival misfire The Current War would win in a walk. I first saw this film at TIFF,...
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Mr. Jones

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones is a bold and heartfelt movie with a real Lean-ian sweep. First-time screenwriter Andrea Chalupa has been inspired by her grandfather from eastern Ukraine to script this forthright, valuable drama about Stalin’s genocidal famine there, and the...
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The Lighthouse

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN Robert Eggers’s gripping nightmare shows two lighthouse-keepers in 19th-century Maine going melancholy mad together: a toxic marriage, a dance of death. It is explosively scary and captivatingly beautiful in cinematographer Jarin Blaschke’s fierce monochrome, like a...
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The Legend of Baron To'A

★★★★ - STUFF  It was a place Fritz (Uli Latukefu) never wanted to return to. Kinloch Avenue might have been the cul-de-sac where he grew up, but decades later, it's clear to him it's somewhere he's very much outgrown. But now, under the pump at work and on the cusp of something great, he's been...
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Emma

★★★★ - STUFF  - Hot on the heels of Greta Gerwig's exquisite Little Women adaptation, comes another cinematic exhumation of a well-loved literary classic. Bizarrely it originally took 180 years for Jane Austen's 1815 tale about the "perils of misconstrued romance" to reach the big screen, only for...
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