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Breaking Bread

★★★★★ - STUFF  - A stunning celebration of food and those who make it wonderful -  The A-Sham festival is a three-day celebration of Arabic and regional food. It happens every year – Covid permitting – in the Israeli city of Haifa. The kaupapa behind the festival is as simple as it is nuanced:…
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Last Night in Soho

★★★★ - STUFF  - All hail New Zealand's new screen queen Thomasin McKenzie -  According to the Hollywood trade papers, this is the movie Thomasin McKenzie spurned the chance to work with Tom Cruise to pursue. While some may describe dropping out of Top Gun: Maverick to join a time-spanning,…
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The Power of the Dog

★★★★½ - STUFF  - Jane Campion's wonderful slow-burning, sleight-of-hand -  The year is 1925 and we are in rural Montana. The nearest town – Beech – is an hour or two by horse and not much less by wheezing Model T Ford. On the ranch that has been passed down to them through their family, the…
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Last Night in Soho

★★★★ - OBSERVER  - A deliciously twisted journey back to London’s swinging past -  It’s not what you imagine, London,” says Rita Tushingham in this deliciously twisted love letter to Britain’s cinematic pop-culture past. Director and co-writer Edgar Wright, whose CV runs from the rural…
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Eternals

★★★★ - STUFF  - This Marvel is a global, inclusive, self-aware swing at the superhero genre -  We are in the “present day”, which, in Eternals means around five years after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The world's population has been restored, Tony Stark is still incontrovertibly gone and…
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The Many Saints Of Newark

★★★★ - EMPIRE  - In 1967, the Moltisanti family experience turbulence, partly due to racially motivated riots, partly due to off-the-rails criminal activity. Meanwhile, young Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini) attends school while feeling the pull of a shadier lifestyle. David Chase is the capo of…
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Juniper

★★★★★ - NEWSHUB  - Charlotte Rampling in formidable form in must-see Juniper -  A New Zealand film with a cinematic icon front and centre arrives in cinemas this week after a COVID-19 delay. It's called Juniper and it stars British actress Charlotte Rampling. What a treat. Oscar nominee and…
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Ron's Gone Wrong

★★★★ - NEWSHUB  - Ron's Gone Wrong is a kids' film with big messages for the whole family -  Disney's latest big-screen animation Ron's Gone Wrong arrives in level 2 cinemas this week with comedian Zach Galifinakis in the voice booth as the lead character of Ron. It's a kids' movie, with some big…
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The Last Duel

★★★★ - THE TELEGRAPH  - Medieval drama with a piquant MeToo edge and bone-splintering climax -  Ridley Scott's latest pits Matt Damon's and Adam Driver's noblemen against each other, with Jodie Comer as the woman trapped in their feud. In 14th-century France, two men stand in an arena, clad in…
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Julia

★★★★ - STUFF  - A richly satisfying, soup-to-nuts look at a larger-than-life culinary icon -  This endearing and enlightening soup-to-nuts tale beautifully captures the essence of a truly larger-than-life figure. Through her cookbooks and TV shows, Julia Child introduced homemakers to the joy of…
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Becoming Cousteau

★★★★★ - STUFF  - He was the aquatic answer to both Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir David Attenborough. The French sea adventurer who brought the ocean into our living rooms. The man who invented the aqualung and helped developed underwater photography, so he could share with the world what he was…
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Lamb

★★★★ - STUFF  - Iceland’s dark answer to Stuart Little is a film not easily forgotten -  Despite the title and its country of origin, this is not a prequel or sequel to 2015’s Rams.  Yes, it’s a cleverly crafted rural Icelandic tale of sheep farming, few words and fraternal tensions shot in the…
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