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Bombshell

★★★★ - EMPIRE   - As the 2016 election heats up and Donald Trump becomes a Republican front-runner, Fox News has never been more key to political discourse. But behind the scenes, a culture of back-stabbing, silence and harassment, led by founder Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), is set to be exploded by...
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1917

★★★★★ - TIME OUT - Sam Mendes marries technical virtuosity with jittery thrills and an emotional core to reinvent the Great War movie – and deliver possibly his best film. A pure adrenaline hit of a movie that takes place mostly in the lethal glare of daylight, Sam Mendes’s stunning,...
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1917

★★★★½ - STUFF  - After pulling double 007 duty in recent years, the recently knighted Sir Sam Mendes returns to non-Bond cinema with a bang. The British director, who burst onto the cinematic scene with the audacious American Beauty two decades ago, has crafted another compelling tale, which...
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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

★★★★ - STUFF  - Twenty-five years after playing a bit part in a short, a plasticine ovine is now undoubtedly Aardman Animation's biggest star.  Shaun the Sheep shone out amongst the flock in Wallace and Gromit's 1995 tale A Close Shave, going on to be the subject of a TV series and a hilarious...
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The Gentlemen

★★★★ - DAILY MIRROR  - Director Guy Ritchie is bristling with verve and invention as he returns to his old stomping ground of the London crime caper and delivers a twin-barrelled funny and violent assault with hugely entertaining results. A top drawer cast give top tier performances as Matthew...
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Little Women

★★★★★ - STUFF  - "Who would be interested in a tale of domestic struggles and joys?"  That's the question asked by Weekly Volcano Press' Mr Dashwood (Tracy Letts) of aspiring author Jo March (Saoirse Ronan), when assessing her Little Women manuscript. It's not the first time he's offered her...
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The Peanut Butter Falcon

 ★★★★ - EMPIRE  - Early moments from The Peanut Butter Falcon — and indeed its title— could be grafted straight from an early Taika Waititi comedy circa Boy or Eagle Vs Shark. Set in a dozy Richmond retirement home, aspiring wrestler Zak (Gottsagen) enjoys theatrical escape from his heavily...
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Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

★★★★★ - CULTURE WHISPER  - Ben Wheatley's excellent new comedy Happy New Year, Colin Burstead is a dizzy exploration of family and its many burdens -  Families have sensitive structures – they’re like a game of Jenga. When one piece is thrown off balance, efforts must be made to keep it standing....
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Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

★★★½ - STUFF  - Colin Burstead (Neil Maskell) thought a New Year's celebration in the country would help bring his family together – instead it threatens to tear them even further apart. For a start, no-one is particularly happy about the lengthy drive to Dorset. Then, within seconds of their...
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The Peanut Butter Falcon

★★★★ - OBSERVER  - Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen are a dream double act in this unlikely buddy movie - It could have been so corny. The heart of The Peanut Butter Falcon beats to a rhythm that harks back to the ragged romanticism of a Huck Finn adventure, a time when outlaws were armed with...
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Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

★★★★ - EMPIRE  - Ben Wheatley’s new film begins epically, with an unassuming suburban bungalow. Outside stands Neil Maskell’s middle-aged Colin, vaping for England in his sleeveless V-neck, for 15 seconds, in profile, in slow-motion, soundtracked by a score that makes it feel like a Western. For...
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Jumanji: The Next Level

★★★★ - LONDON EVENING STANDARD  - Jumanji has a layered history. In 1981, it was a short children’s picture book by Chris Van Allsburg (who also wrote The Polar Express). Two children, Judy and Peter, find a magical board game. Its hazards (a lion, a stampede) spring to life in their house when...
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