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How to Please a Woman

★★★½ - STUFF  - Kiwi Thomson 'twins' steal crowdpleasing Aussie comedy -  English actor Sally Phillips dons a convincing Australian accent and New Zealand’s unlikely “Thomson twins” are among the scene-stealers in this wicked little crowd-pleasing dramedy. A kind of modern day Full Monty or…
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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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