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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

★★★★ - THE DOMINION POST  If you've seen the trailer, you'd be forgiven for thinking this latest slice of black comedy from In Bruges' Martin McDonagh is simply a swear-fest featuring Fargo's magnificent Frances McDormand, and you'd be partly right. She is magnificent, and there sure is a lot of...
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Call Me By Your Name

★★★★★  - STUFF The perfect setting (a villa in Northern Italy), perfect writing (screenplay by James Ivory of Merchant Ivory fame, who is nearly 90 and seems to be re-entering the film business after a long absence) and perfect performances, from the whole cast, but notably its two male leads – Cal...
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All the Money in the World

★★★★ - STUFF What with all the hullabaloo about the post-production excision of Kevin Spacey from All the Money in the World, it's become too easy to become blinded to the already ambitious and sprawling film director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus, American Gangster) had created before he...
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

★★★★ - THE DOMINION POST  - Remake, sequel, reboot, reimagining – call it what you will – this return to the world of Chris Van Allsburg's much-loved 1981 picture book is actually better than anyone could have hoped. Director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard, Bad Teacher) and a quartet of other writers have...
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Breathe

★★★★ - THE DOMINION POST  - The tale of a man who becomes suddenly paralysed and regains the will to live through the sheer will of his wife, Breathe could look like a red rag to a cynical viewer (especially with its saccharine tag-line: "With her love, he lived." Yuck). But on the strength of its...
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The Greatest Showman

★★★★½ - ROGER EBERT   - "Without promotion, something terrible happens...nothing!" - attributed to Phineas Taylor Barnum "The Greatest Showman," directed with verve and panache by Michael Gracey, is an unabashed piece of pure entertainment, punctuated by 11 memorable songs composed by Oscar- and...
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The Florida Project

★★★★½ - THE DOMINION POST   - The Florida Project is set entirely in and around a run-down apartment block just across the freeway from Disney World, in Orlando, Florida. It is one of the film's ongoing jokes that we know that the "happiest place on Earth" is always just out of shot, unremarked...
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Paddington 2

★★★★½ - THE DOMINION POST   - Paddington's Aunt Lucy always believed that, in London, the rivers ran with marmalade and the streets were paved with bread. While not exactly true, life at Windsor Gardens is pretty pretty good for our young Peruvian ursus when, we join the action second-time around....
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

★★★★★ - THE DOMINION POST  - We don’t have time for back story, or a plot summary. Let’s assume you’re a Star Wars fan, you already have your tickets and so you just want to hear that this follow-up to The Force Awakens is simply, unconditionally, wonderful. The opening scene (which features...
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The Disaster Artist

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - As with Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins, James Franco hits all the right wrong notes in this hugely entertaining, true-life tale of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 “disasterpiece” film The Room. Like Wiseau himself, Franco produces, directs and stars in his magnum opus,...
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Borg vs McEnroe

★★★★½ – THE DOMINION POST  - I don't follow tennis, although obviously I've heard of the Williams sisters and I think there was once an Aussie bloke called Pat Cash.  But as a small child growing up in the 1980s even I knew all about handsome, blond Björn Borg and angry, shouty John McEnroe. ...
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Paddington 2

★★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - Back from darkest Peru, our hero is at the mercy of unscrupulous actors, but generosity, emotional depth and top-class clowning win the day.  The sequel to the big-hearted film debut of the small bear from darkest Peru is a full-on charm offensive of a movie. And...
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