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★★★★★ - STUFF  - Kristen Stewart a perfect Princess Diana in this spiky Royal satire -  When Queen Elizabeth II, in her 1991 Christmas message, made a reference " those who have recently broken free of dictatorship" she was referring to the people of the former Soviet Union. Earlier that…
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Nightmare Alley

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Guillermo Del Toro's haunting, compelling, star-studded thriller -  Fortune has not smiled on Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper). Deciding to cut his losses, he torches his family home and takes a bus to the end of the line. It’s there though that he encounters a travelling…
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King Richard

★★★★ - STUFF  - Terrific, feel-good tale delivers Will Smith's finest performance -  We have been sold a picture of Richard Williams – dad to Venus and Serena – by a media machine that can't rest until everyone it touches has been assigned a character and a role to play. Williams – we've been…
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The King's Man

FILM INQUIRY - More Class Than Crass While Still Kicking Ass -  After the wildly questionable sequel of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, this prequel picture feels like an incredibly fresh start for this secret agent saga. Though based on the comic by Mark Millar, The King’s Man has little to do with…
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The Addams Family

★★★ - INDEPENDENT  - A diet-goth sequel that’s faithful where it matters most -  For a franchise that feels like it’s been begrudgingly forced to exist, we could do a lot worse than The Addams Family 2. It may be a heavily commercialised, diet-goth take on Charles Addams’s single-panel cartoons,…
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House of Gucci

★★★★★ - LONDON EVENING STANDARD  - This fizzy true crime comedy is smart, funny and camp -  Lady Gaga’s sense of fun is dialled up to 11 - and it’ll be a crime if she doesn’t earn an Oscar nomination for her role as infamous real-life figure Patrizia Reggiani. Ridley Scott’s new film is a…
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

★★★★ - EMPIRE  - When penniless Callie’s (Carrie Coon) estranged father dies, leaving her a dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere, she has no choice but to move there with her kids, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (McKenna Grace). Phoebe very soon discovers her grandfather was Ghostbuster…
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One Second

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Zhang Yimou's charming love letter to the power of cinema delights -  Veteran Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest drama is not only a love letter to the power of cinema, it also feels like his most personal film since 2005’s Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles. The now…
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West Side Story

★★★★ - STUFF  - Spielberg adds a punkish, exuberant, contemporary grit to a classic -  There has to be a reason for a remake. Any fool with enough money and time on their hands can make their own version of any film they choose – just as you and me can get up on our legs at a karaoke bar and…
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The Tragedy of Macbeth

★★★★½ - STUFF - Washington, McDormand capture Shakespeare's sound and fury -  Will Shakespeare’s Scottish play “full of sound and fury” and endlessly quotable dialogue that have entered the lexicon was once an extremely popular challenge for film-makers. Between 1948 and 1971, no less than…
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Sing 2

★★★★ - STUFF  - Superior sequel finds insight and heart it was looking for - in Bono -  His latest Alice in Wonderland-inspired stage production might be a sell out success, but Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) wants more. The marsupial impresario dreams of taking his troupe to the bright lights…
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Best Sellers

★★★½ - STUFF  - If this is Sir Michael Caine's swansong, he leaves with a swagger -  Lucy Stanbridge (Aubrey Plaza) badly needs a hit. Her hopes of turning around a bad run with a young adult fantasy novel about dragons has gone horribly awry. Disastrous reviews in The New York Times and from Yo…
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