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Spider-Man: No Way Home

★★★★ - STUFF  - A crowd-pleasing Marvel that's a hell of a lot of fun -  I feel as though it’s been a few years since I last went to a proper, mid-city, midnight preview. I know there’s been a couple of Star Wars instalments that I’ve bowled into in the middle of the night, but I’ve usually…
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Spider-Man: No Way Home

- DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD DAILY -  "The Most Exciting, Surprising And Emotional Spidey Of Them All"  At the beginning of Spider-Man: No Way Home  — at least at the packed press screening I attended today — the three stars of the movie, as well as returning villain Jamie Foxx urged the audience to keep…
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The French Dispatch

★★★★ - STUFF  - Star-studded love letter to magazines is peak Wes Anderson -  Along with most of the Coen Brothers’ output, of all the relatively mainstream American directors of the past 25 years, a Wes Anderson film has probably been the most instantly recognisable – and idiosyncratic. From…
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The French Dispatch

★★★★★ - INDEPENDENT  - Wes Anderson’s latest, a love letter to France and The New Yorker, indulges in the romantic fantasy of a time when journalists were handsomely paid, creatively free, and beloved by their employers -  Wes Anderson is a collector – of songs, old movies, and errant emotions. In…
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West Side Story

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Stunning recreations of the original film’s New York retain the songs and the dancing in a re-telling that will leave you gasping -  Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story 2.0 is an ecstatic act of ancestor-worship: a vividly dreamed, cunningly modified and visually staggering…
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Dune

★★★★½ - STUFF  - A stunning achievement you need to see on the biggest screen you can find -  Frank Herbert's Dune has been defying film-makers to come and have a go, pretty much since it dropped off the presses in serial form in 1965. Dune is a sprawling and wildly ambitious story. It takes…
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A Boy Called Christmas

★★★½ - STUFF  - A Boy Called Christmas is an adaptation of a book by Matt Haig. Haig is a prolific and well-respected writer across a few genres, but his adult and YA fiction is distinguished by characters who are dealing with some profound grief and loss. And so, oddly, is A Boy Called Christmas…
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Petite Maman

★★★★★ - STUFF - A wonderful joy from first to last frames, it's one of 2021's best - Nelly is eight years old. She is with her mum and dad as they travel to a house that was once Nelly’s mother’s childhood home. Nelly’s grandmother has died – and the family have come to spend the week clearing…
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Titane

★★★★½ - STUFF  - A stunning sensual assault that's both challenging and richly rewarding -  At once a visceral body horror that David Cronenberg would be proud of and a thriller that echoes the events depicted in one of the best documentaries of the past decade, this is a stunning, absorbing…
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Petite Maman

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN Céline Sciamma’s beautiful fairytale reverie is occasioned by the dual mysteries of memory and the future: simple, elegant and very moving. I fell instantly under its spell, and found myself thinking of classic English tales such as Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, or …
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The Rescue

★★★★½ - STUFF  - National Geographic's engrossing, emotional Thai cave documentary -  Only those living under a rock would fail to remember the real-life drama that gripped the world for two-and-a-half weeks during the winter of 2018. Twelve teen and tween members of a Thai football team (“the…
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Falling for Figaro

★★★★ - COMMON SENSE MEDIA This delightful movie has all the ingredients needed to make a delicious romantic comedy. Falling for Figaro is uplifting and joyful, tugging on the heart strings just enough, while throwing in some mild jeopardy to keep us hooked. Stunning Scottish scenery, a stirring…
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