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★★★★ - STUFF Falling somewhere in that vast hinterland between interesting-and-necessary-biopic and just-keep-flogging-that-pony, Tolkien arrives on the back of exactly the same marketing campaign we saw for last year's Goodbye Christopher Robin, the success of which I'd bet you a pint we now owe...
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One Last Deal

★★★★½ - STUFF An aging art dealer is thinking of retiring from the business. His customers are dwindling, his enthusiasm for the medium is waning and what he sees of the modern world outside his gallery makes him feel like a relic from another age. His abrasive and disinterested grandson is...
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Never Look Away

★★★★ - THE WASHINGTON POST  - The title of “Never Look Away” is deliciously ironic: This is one of the most mesmerizing, compulsively watchable films in theaters right now. Written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck — best known for his masterful 2006 drama “The Lives of Others” —...
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★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN When are you going to hug me?” That question echoes around Dexter Fletcher’s dazzling rock opera – a fantastical account of the highs and lows of Elton John’s wild-ride rise, told in frenetically full-blooded musical form. It’s the story of a little boy who became a big star...
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★★★★½ - STUFF Having tackled the tunes of The Proclaimers and helped bring the story of Queen to life, Dexter Fletcher now takes on the life and songs of the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight. But while there are certain similarities in the set-up to Bohemian Rhapsody (both movies open and hinge on...
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Gloria Bell

★★★★★ - STUFF I'm pretty sure I haven't seen Sebastian Lelio's 2013 film Gloria. I see a lot of films, but I think I would have remembered that one, if this English-language reimagining is anything to judge by. Gloria Bell is a single woman living in Los Angeles. She has been divorced for more...
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Woman at War

★★★★½ - STUFF - I've been waiting to write this review for more than half-a-year now, ever since I first saw Woman at War at a packed-out Embassy Theatre screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2018. Waiting, because sometimes – and this is why film festivals exist – you'll...
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Woman at War

★★★★ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Bleak windswept landscapes, folk in heavy woollen jumpers, cattle dogs and civil disobedience – what's not to like? This might be the best thing to come out of Iceland since their 2014 World Cup football team and that other-worldly clapping thing they made famous. ...
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Woman at War

★★★★ - NZ HERALD - Woman at War presents the middle-aged film hero you've been waiting for... Woman at War was described to me as an Icelandic thriller. It is set in Iceland and comes complete with thrilling scenes, but this story of one woman's war against the Government's co-operation with...
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Woman at War

★★★★ - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - An impressive follow-up to his strikingly eccentric debut, Of Horses and Men, Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson's second feature-length fiction, Woman at War (Kona fer i strid), is another skillfully crafted, surreally told tale of man and nature — or in this...
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Older Than Ireland

★★★★ - STUFF  - A delightful documentary about bringing up a century.  One puts it down to keeping busy by constantly digging a hole and then filling it the next day. Another attributes it to never eating a vegetable in her life. The most successful grew so tired of being asked what her secret...
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Older than Ireland

★★★★ - CHICAGO TRIBUNE - One hundred is the new 70, or maybe even the new 60, or … You decide for yourself after watching a stunning and delightful documentary titled "Older Than Ireland." The film will introduce you to 30 people who are 100 years old (or older) but as full of life as any crowd...
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