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★★★★ - ROLLING STONE  - A radiant, riveting Keira Knightley meets every challenge the title role of French novelist Colette throws at her — and there’s a nonstop onslaught of them.  Colette was a pioneer in women’s rights, an author who was nominated for the Nobel prize in literature six years...
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Alita: Battle Angel

★★★★ - STUFF  - On a routine search of the Iron City junkpile, Dr Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) makes an amazing discovery. Seemingly discarded from the last of Earth's great sky cities Zalem, it's the head and torso of a total replacement cyborg with a very human brain that still appears to be...
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On the Basis of Sex

★★★★ - STUFF  - With the very good RBG still showing on a few screens around the country, I guess it's only timely that On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder's biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should turn up in our cinemas as well. Had On the Basis of Sex not turned out so well and had Felicity Jones (Rog...
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★★★★★ - STUFF  - Having already been sentenced to five years imprisonment for stabbing someone, Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is now back in court. But this time he's the plaintiff, attempting to sue his parents "for giving me life". A shocked courtroom then hears details of how the young Syrian...
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The Hate U Give

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Garden Heights. Home to Mr Lewis' Barbershop, Mr Reuben's BBQ and 16-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg). But while it might be her hood, it's not where she goes to school. Instead, along with her older half-brother and younger male sibling, she's driven by her mother to the...
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Green Book

★★★★ - ROLLING STONE  - African-American musician and his Italian-American driver tour 1960’s South in true story of race, class and redemption. Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), an African-American classical-trained pianist on a jazz-trio tour in a part of 1960’s America that’s not prepared to...
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Mary, Queen of Scots

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie shine in a sumptuous, bold and engrossing film.  -In 1561, a young woman arrived in Scotland, near Leith, to the north of Edinburgh. She had been christened Mary Stuart. She was the only legitimate surviving heir of King James V and she probably had a...
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Making the Grade

★★★★ - STUFF  - A charming love letter to the piano and all who play it.  -As the opening titles happily tell us, 30,000 aspiring nippers and the not-so-nipperish take piano lessons in Ireland every year. It's an astonishing number. While the vast majority are children, there are also a fair few...
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Cold War

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Paweł Pawlikowski’s love letter to his parents is a sweeping tale of passion and politics set in the shadow of the iron curtain.  Paweł Pawlikowski won the best director award at Cannes in May for this sweepingly intimate love story about a star-crossed couple falling...
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Cold War

★★★★★ - TIME OUT  - Pawel Pawlikowski’s epic love story is an achingly romantic, melancholy joy.  If you’ve ever been stuck hundreds of miles from the love of your life, wondering if it’s really worth all the heartache and phone-checking, Pawel Pawlikowski has made the movie for you. With a...
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Mary Poppins Returns

★★★★½ - NZ HERALD  - If you're not already in love with Emily Blunt, you will be after this. Divine.  It's taken more than five decades for Mary Poppins to return to the big screen; it's been worth the wait. For family viewing these holidays, Mary Poppins Returns is a must; thanks largely to...
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Mary Poppins Returns

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - It was always going to be hard to watch for a diehard Poppins fan, but this sequel to the 1964 classic retains the magic.  For decades, I’ve been insisting that Mary Poppins is one of the 10 greatest movies ever made. Despite having watched it 100 times or more, each viewing...
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