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The Northman

★★★★★ - GUARDIAN  - Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Björk and Anya Taylor-Joy feature in a mesmerisingly outrageous take on the Norse myth that inspired Hamlet -  Robert Eggers has created the Scandi noir to end all Scandi noirs: an atavistic revenge horror based on the Old Norse legend…
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Top Gun: Maverick

★★★★ - NEWSHUB  - Top Gun Maverick is the epitome of the big-screen blockbuster -  Judge me all you like but even just hearing the opening notes of the iconic Top Gun theme gives me Goose-bumps (pardon the pun). Goose, Iceman and Maverick have lived rent-free in the hearts of '80s audiences and…
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Operation Mincemeat

★★★★ - STUFF - A great and gripping yarn as British as tea and crumpets -  The true story of Operation Mincemeat is so good, so engrossing and so made-for-cinema that there really isn’t really a lot that needs to be changed in order to get a movie out of it. In order to fool the Germans into not…
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The Jonsson Gang

★★★★ - STUFF  - Crowd-pleasing Swedish crime comedy evokes the Coens’ best -  Evoking memories of the best of the Coen Brothers and Amelie director Jean-Paul Jeunet, this Swedish crime-comedy is filled with quirky characters, memorable set-pieces and a rich vein of black humour. What may not be…
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After Yang

★★★★ - STUFF  - Sci-fi-infused family drama shows Colin Farrell's more sensitive side -  This understated little sci-fi infused family drama presents a very different side of Colin Farrell. After two recent larger-than-life performances in The Batman and TV’s The North Water, this sees the…
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The Velvet Queen

★★★★½ - STUFF  - French snow leopard hunt that's not your average 'nature doc' -  You can tell a lot about a country from the nature documentaries it produces. The Americans still have the unforgivable habit of giving wild animals names and then imposing some half-baked nuclear family values on…
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A Hero

★★★★ - STUFF  - Cannes-winning drama a compelling look at the nature of celebrity -  From A Separation to A Salesman by way of The Past, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has crafted some of the most memorable domestic dramas of the last decade. Delivered in a naturalistic, observational style and…
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Escape From Mogadishu

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Korea's own Argo an entertaining, tension-filled thriller -  It’s Korea’s answer to Argo. A tension-filled thriller, propulsive action movie and character-filled drama based on a real-life incident. Somehow it failed to make the final cut for this year’s Best International…
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Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts

★★★★ - STUFF  - An impressionistic collage of the Queen's life -  I'm not sure what I was expecting from Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts. Is there anything that can be added to the well-worn outlines of this most public of lives? Queen Elizabeth II has been biopic-ed, fictionalised and…
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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

★★★★ - STUFF  - A truly inspired celebration of Nic Cage -  Was it just the other day that I claimed Everything Everywhere All At Once was going to be the most fun you would have in a cinema in 2022? No matter how often I get brought down by my own hubris, the gods usually give me more than a…
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Everything Everywhere All At Once

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Probably the most fun you'll have in a cinema all year -  On the fringes of a Californian city, Evelyn and Waymond Wang are running a struggling mom-and-pop laundromat. Business is slow – although the few regulars do seem to be almost obsessively attached to the place – and the…
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The Lost City

★★★★ - STUFF   - Bullock and Tatum spark, but Pitt sets this action-comedy alight -  Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has lost her mojo. Having struggled to finish writing her latest book, she has no appetite for the ensuing tour. However, her ongoing globetrotting romantic adventures of Dr Angela…
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