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Parasite

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN Bong Joon-ho has returned to Cannes with a luxuriously watchable and satirical suspense drama. It runs as purringly smooth as the Mercedes driven by the lead character, played by Korean star Song Kang-ho. Parasite is a bizarre black comedy about social status, aspiration,...
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Little Woods

★★★★ - STUFF A new start beckons for Oleander "Ollie" Hale (Tessa Thompson). Her restitution is all paid up and she has does 10 days left on her probation. She even has a job interview for "something normal" in Spokane. The North Dakota resident had been caught trying to smuggle prescription...
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Little Woods

★★★★ - NZ HERALD Actress Tessa Thompson has well and truly arrived. She's been on well-known projects for years (Westworld, Selma, Creed, Dear White People) but after recent appearances as Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok and Agent M in MIB: International she's made the jump to household name. In this...
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Little Woods

★★★★ - NEWS.COM.AU Little Woods only has a small release, but it’s well worth seeking out. A powerful performance piece for Tessa Thompson and Lily James, the directorial debut by Nia DaCosta is a stunning, deep and thoughtful portrait of two marginalised women in America forgotten by city folk and...
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Pavarotti

- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Ron Howard delivers a documentary portrait of the life and career of the titular star Italian tenor.  - The quintessential Italian tenor who did more to popularize opera in the latter half of the 20th century than anyone else receives a lavish and celebratory tribute in ...
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Pavarotti

★★★★ - STUFF  - He was the man who helped bring opera to a whole new audience. The son of an Italian baker who met everyone from koalas to Kofi Annan and became great friends with both Princess Diana and Bono's housekeeper. Boasting one of the most-recognisable visages (and silhouettes) of the...
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Wild Rose

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN The celebrated songwriter Harlan Howard famously defined country music as “three chords and the truth”, a phrase that would subsequently be adopted by the likes of Billy Bragg to define skiffle, punk and all points in between. Screenwriter Nicole Taylor (who wrote the BBC...
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Sometimes Always Never

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN There’s a beguiling Englishness to this elegant, offbeat comedy-drama, terrifically written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and directed by feature debutant Carl Hunter. It has a wonderful syncopation in its writerly rhythm and narrative surprises. The film positively twinkles with...
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Tolkien

★★★★ - 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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Rocketman

★★★★★ - 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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