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Blinded by the Light

★★★★ - EMPIRE At one point during the 1984/85 ‘Born In The USA’ tour, in-between ‘Follow The Dream’ and ‘Born To Run’, Bruce Springsteen would regularly tell the assembled head-banded throng hanging on his every word: “No-one wins unless everyone wins.” Based on Safraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings...
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN Quentin Tarantino’s exploitation black-comedy thriller Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood finds a pulp-fictionally redemptive take on the Manson nightmare in late-60s California: a B-movie loser’s state of grace.It’s shocking, gripping, dazzlingly shot in the celluloid-primary...
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Herbs: Songs of Freedom

★★★★½ - STUFF When Stevie Wonder was booked to play in Auckland in 1979, the New Zealand promoters did something that was almost unprecedented at the time. They booked a local act in support. The usual practice pre the 1980s was to bring an Australian act over to support whatever American or...
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Late Night

★★★★ - ROLLING STONE Book Tickets Here Watching Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling mix it up in Late Night will make you think you’ve died and gone to hilarity heaven. In Kaling’s woke script, the Oscar-winning British actress for Howards End plays Katherine Newbury, a late-night talk show host who...
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Late Night

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN I wish I was a woman of colour so I could get a job with zero qualification!” The authentic voice of establishment self-pity is given here in all its foot-stamping shrillness. Mindy Kaling is the writer and star of this warm and witty film, playing Molly, a South-Asian-American...
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Diego Maradona

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN A bit of cheating and a lot of genius.” That’s how someone in this film summarises the Argentinian football megastar Diego Maradona after his triumphant performance in the 1986 World Cup, and it seems fair. The film gives you a chance to gauge how the cheating was a minor...
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The Keeper

★★★★ - STUFF St Helens are a football club in crisis. Haunted by the spectre of relegation, their first team's recent performances have been lacklustre, to say the least. It's a situation which has left manager Jack Friar (John Henshaw) tearing his hair out in frustration, especially when his...
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★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN During the first act of SXSW crowd-pleaser Booksmart there’s a fantastically humbling, game-changer of a moment for Molly (Beanie Feldstein), a smart if smug overachiever desperately tying up administrative loose ends on her last day of high school. She’s in a toilet cubicle,...
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Camino Skies

The pain in Spain: Camino Skies star Terry Wilson sees the trek as a 'metaphor for life'  - Camino Skies is a story of life, love and loss on the Camino de Santiago.  - Heading into a village along the Camino De Santiago in northern Spain, Terry Wilson was stopped by an unusually chatty old man.  ...
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★★★★ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker is still struggling to reconcile his desire to be an ordinary high-school kid with his obligation to help save the world whenever he’s asked – which is often. His crush on his classmate MJ (the singer Zendaya) has reached the...
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Toy Story 4

★★★★★ - STUFF There's a new Sheriff in town. Yes, Woody (Tom Hanks) may have adjusted to life without his beloved Andy in his home with Bonnie, but he's also had to get used to playing second-fiddle to Jesse (Joan Cusack). In fact, having experienced being left in the closet for the third time...
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★★★★ - STUFF Rock This Road, Dinosaur, The Summer Song. Jack Malik's (Himesh Patel) music career hasn't exactly been hit-filled.  For 10 years, the struggling Suffolk singer-songwriter has been "profoundly unsuccessful", playing in deserted town centres, windswept boardwalks and barely partronised...
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