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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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The Bad Guys

★★★★ - STUFF  - Finally, an animated animal adventure that’s fun for ALL the family -  After a few fallow years of disappointing anthropomorphic animal antics, finally we have a real inventive, entertaining crowd pleaser that’s fun for all the family. A terrific romp that I’d wager is best of its…
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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

★★★★ - LONDON EVENING STANDARD - Rowling’s radical experiment is risky but rousing -  The Harry Potter writer seems like she’s out to reinvent Bob Fosse’s Cabaret in this third instalment, where Mads Mikkelsen steps into Johnny Depp’s previous role. He has a beard, but doesn’t need one. Iconic…
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The Duke

★★★★ - STUFF  - More than just feel-good froth, this is a comedic caper with heart -  Yes, as the trailers and promos more than suggest, this is the 2022 answer to The Lavender Hill Mob, Local Hero, The Full Monty, Billy Elliot or Kinky Boots. A British underdog story full of heart, humour and…
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The Duke

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Art thief takes one for the common man -  Roger Michell’s warm take on the true story of how Kempton Bunton acquired the National Gallery’s new Goya features a glorious performance by Jim Broadbent. All rise for The Duke, a scrappy underdog yarn that makes a powerful case…
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Night Raiders

★★★★ - STUFF  - The Kiwi-backed, Children of Men-inspired Canuck dystopian drama -  Executive produced by Taika Waititi and New Zealand’s Miss Conception films and featuring 800 Words’ Kiwi actor Alex Tarrant amongst the main cast, it’s easy to see why Canadian film-maker Danis Goulet’s debut has…
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Drive My Car

★★★★★ - STUFF  - A warm, witty and achingly compassionate five-star drama -  Drive My Car is an adaptation of a 40-page short story from Haruki Murakami. Coming in at one-minute under three hours, you might wonder at just how much content and meaning writer and director Ryusuke Hamaguchi has…
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Nowhere Special

★★★★½ - STUFF  - James Norton’s gentle drama will leave you in a puddle of tears -  If you’ve only ever associated James Norton with Grantchester or Happy Valley, then you’re going to be in for a shock. The 36-year-old London-born actor is a revelation here, delivering a performance of quiet…
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Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

★★★½ - STUFF  - A mischievous look at a true artist -  I had no idea that Helmut Newton began his career as a fashion photographer in Australia. And that was the first of a few surprises from this likeable, mischievous, often very funny and well-assembled 2020 documentary. Newton was born Helmut…
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It Snows in Benidorm

★★★★ - STUFF  - Timothy Spall shines in Lynchian Spanish-set drama -  Peter is a mid-level bank employee, living the definition of midlife bachelor’s existence within the greying tower blocks of present-day Manchester. In the late afternoon, Peter likes to take a photograph of the sky above his…
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Bergman Island

★★★★½ - STUFF  - A clever, funny, romantic and thought-provoking movie -  A few years back, at some film industry shindig, one of those abysmal little men who care more about films than they do about people – or about music for that matter – confronted me about my credentials as a “film critic”.…
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The Batman

★★★★ - FILM INTERNATIONAL  - For those of you who wondered if another reboot could find itself an audience after Christopher Nolan did such a fine job with his trilogy, please wonder no more…. -  Nietzsche would have a field-day analyzing the latest reimagining of DC Comics’ masked vigilante.…
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