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The High Note

★★★★ - DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD DAILY - Tracee Ellis Ross And Dakota Johnson’s Music- And Female-Driven Film Strikes Right Feel-Good Chords -  Director Nisha Ganatra scored points with me for delivering a smart, female-driven comedy last year in Late Night with Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling. It was set…
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The High Note

★★★★ - OBSERVER  - 'The High Note’ Soars on Its Firecracker Script, Cast and Direction -  As rib-sticking and satisfying as the six-hour bolognese at Jon and Vinny’s and as effervescent as a well-chilled free glass of sparkling rosé at a producer’s house party in the Hills, The High Note is a…
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Trolls World Tour

★★★★ - DAILY TELEGRAPH - A visually dazzling trip that will keep kids spellbound -  This relentlessly tuneful, radioactively cheerful family adventure is exactly the kind of tonic I needed after having been stuck in the house for three weeks. To watch it is to be waterboarded by joy. In terms of…
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The Burnt Orange Heresy

★★★★ - STUFF  - Slow-burning thriller ends with a Bang -  HG Wells, who wrote The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, once said, "whenever I see an adult riding a bicycle, I have hope for the human race". I love the quote and mostly feel the same way myself. But even Wells would have had to…
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The Burnt Orange Heresy

- DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD DAILY  - More than anything, The Burnt Orange Heresy is a throwback to the 1960s and ’70s kind of sexy, noirish, feverishly hot and sophisticated thrillers that mash up exotic European locales with a potent English-speaking cast. Watching it I realized I don’t see this kind of…
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White Riot

★★★★½ - STUFF  - White Riot: Doco revisits '70s British race relations in vivid, vitriolic detail -  “When all the gay geezers got put inside And coloured kids was getting crucified A few fought back and a few folks died In the winter of '79” Tom Robinson’s chilling visions of Britain under a…
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The Booksellers

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER  - A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word -  D.W. Young's documentary, executive produced by Parker Posey, delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world. Providing a behind-the-scenes look at the world of rare book dealers but also digressing…
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Greed

★★★½ - STUFF  - Steve Coogan shines in Michael Winterbottom's sometimes savage satire -  On an idyllic island in a Greek archipelago, there resides a particularly bedraggled and moth-eaten lion. The lion wasn't born near these coral white and azure blue shores. He has been brought here, in an act…
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Greed

★★★★ - DAILY MIRROR  - Steve Coogan excels as morally bankrupt fashion boss in new satire -  Steve Coogan stars as morally ­bankrupt fashion empire boss Sir Richard ­McCreadie in this timely satirical comedy from prolific writer/director Michael Winterbottom.  Nicknamed ‘Greedy’ McCreadie by the…
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Machine

★★★½ STUFF  - As Justin Krook’s engaging, even-handed and erudite documentary tells us, most of our knowledge and fears about artificial intelligence have been heavily influenced by science-fiction and pop culture. Books, movies and television shows like I, Robot, The Matrix, The Terminator, Westw…
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Rosie

★★★★★ - STUFF  - A young family in modern-day Dublin are between houses. They had lived in their last rental for seven good years, making and raising their four terrific kids. But now the owner has sold the house from under them and the Davis-Brady whānau are searching for a new place to call…
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Rosie

★★★★★ - SUNDAY INDEPENDENT  - A mother, a father, and their children float in limbo. In place of a kitchen table, their communal area is the interior of their car, while the contents of their lives are stuffed into black bin liners and carried in and out of hotel rooms in 24-hour cycles. Rosie…
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