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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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The Florida Project

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN  - The Florida Project is a song of innocence and of experience: mainly the former. It is a glorious film in which warmth and compassion win out over miserabilism or irony, painted in bright blocks of sunlit colour like a child’s storybook and often happening in those...
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