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Mothers of the Revolution

★★★★ - STUFF  - Kiwi doco looks back at important, inspirational protest -  Prolific New Zealand-born producer Matthew Metcalfe teams up with award-winning There Once Was An Island film-maker Briar March for this fascinating and engrossing look at a global movement that was started by four mothers…
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Spencer

★★★★★ - STUFF  - Kristen Stewart a perfect Princess Diana in this spiky Royal satire -  When Queen Elizabeth II, in her 1991 Christmas message, made a reference "...to 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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No Time To Die

★★★★ - STUFF  - A truly cinematic spectacle that farewells Daniel Craig in style -  “If we don’t do this, there will be nothing left to save.” It’s a line that has resonated with me ever since I first heard it on the final trailer for James Bond’s 25th official outing a few months ago. It’s felt…
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No Time To Die

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Daniel Craig dispatches James Bond with panache, rage – and cuddles -  The standard bearer of British soft power is back, in a film yanked from cinemas back in the time of the toilet roll shortage, based on a literary character conceived when sugar and meat rationing was…
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