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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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★★★★ - DISCUSSING FILM  - Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats stage production, Tom Hooper’s much-talked-about film adaptation is a grand musical extravaganza of musically soaring heights. Although it’s a film, it most definitely feels like a stage show and if you’re into musicals on the stage,…
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Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN Caution: Contains spoilers About 40 minutes into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker there’s a little switcheroo where you think that Chewbacca has died. And I believed it. I mean, it’s the last of the sequel-trilogy, the last of this particular nine-film story arc, and…
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Little Women

★★★★★ - TIME OUT  - A triumph of well-matched sensibilities, Greta Gerwig's effervescent spin on Louisa May Alcott's sisterhood finds freshness in between the pages. Greta Gerwig has directed only two films that are solely her own but she’s already become a brand. It’s in evidence within the first…
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