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Monos

★★★★½ - STUFF  - The cheapest point any film reviewer in the world is going to score this year, is to drop a line into any review of Monos, comparing it to William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Of course, the comparison is valid. Director Alejandro Landes (Porfirio) even gifts us a quick shot of a…
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The Assistant

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Ozark's Julia Garner shines in troubling, compelling #MeToo movie -  It was Jane’s (Julia Garner) dream job.  Working as an assistant for the New York-film company that had created such hits as The Remaining and The Wonderful Mr Wright was just the stepping stone she needed as a…
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Bait

★★★★★ - STUFF  - It's hardly a bonus of Covid-19, but with very few films being made available for cinemas to show, there are some unexpected treats finding space on the big screen that might otherwise have gone undistributed and unremarked. So, as well as welcome repeat runs for Parasite, Knives…
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The Assistant

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Julia Garner excels as a junior assistant to a predatory media mogul boss in Kitty Green’s powerfully understated #MeToo drama -  A performance of few words but immense physical eloquence by Julia Garner anchors this impressively chilling #MeToo-era drama about workplace…
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Bait

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin’s breakthrough feature is a thrillingly adventurous labour of love – a richly textured, rough-hewn gem in which form and content are perfectly combined. A refreshingly authentic tale of tensions between locals and tourists in a once-thriving…
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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN - Nick Broomfield’s riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story. In this era, the poet and future music star Leonard Cohen fell in love with a beautiful and sensitive Norwegian woman called Marianne Ihlen on the…
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Les Misérables

★★★★ - STUFF  - Director Ladj Ly was at home when the events that inspired Les Misérables unfolded. He already had a series of short documentaries to his name.  Witnessing an act of police brutality inspired him to get his camera out again and put together a sweeping portrait of the largely North…
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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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