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A nice film for the nice people who live in London’s middle-class Richard Curtis world but with likeable characters and lashings of innocence, it has a certain charm

Lee Min-jae’s romzomcom is implausible and inconsistent but also inventive, good-looking and funny

Da Five Bloods sees four African American war veterans return to Vietnam on a quest to find the remains of their fallen squad leader, and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

With an elliptical script and a gift for composition Hylnur Palmason’s Icelandic study of betrayal and grief is slow paced but effective

A documentary about New York Antiquarian booksellers sounds boring, and it is: charmingly, endearingly, reassuringly dull.

A fascinating portrait of America’s foremost working director as a film student and documentary maker

Lindsay Anderson’s scathing but unwieldy satire in which a crumbling NHS hospital is a microcosm of our nation’s failings, seems timely now

The story of how record exec Drew Dixon disclosed her rape allegation against her former boss is timely, painful and well told

Disney’s latest adaptation of a successful book series is like Harry Potter except nothing actually happens

Review: Resistance

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A film of mime artist Marcel Marceau’s wartime adventures with the French Resistance is an intriguing proposition, well acted, competent but not always believable

The entire history of female film-makers as told by a man unsurprisingly lacks insight into what they have contributed to cinema

Sonic the Hedgehog is a charming and appropriately wacky comedy, with a kind and heartwarming centre.

This 2013 sci-fi dystopia by the Parasite director has a unique vision and a compelling pace

Thriller about the disappearance of a glamorous woman in rural France plays satisfying narrative tricks and explores the tale from different perspectives

Twenty well-meaning short films of life in Brexit Britain fail to see the big picture

What sounds like the title of an 80s Sylvester Stallone film a beautifully shot, carefree Hong Kong action comedy that’s like a joy filled Fight Club

Tom Hanks’ latest sees him playing a saint with no edge in a film that grinds towards a predictable end

A portrait of a harried personal assistant to an abusive media mogul gets to the heart of how Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long

Guy Ritchie’s latest London gangster movie isn’t as smart or witty as he thinks it is

The independent cinema is pioneering a new world streaming service to provide audiences with new films during lockdown.

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Film Review: Iron Mask

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Oddball globetrotting romp starring Charles Dance, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan has bad dubbing an illogical plot and questionable acting

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope.

A film as relentlessly entertaining as this deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding.

Margot Robbie is unrecognisable as she transforms into Harley Quinn, leading a gang of not-to-be-messed-with women in the rollercoaster ride that is ‘Birds Of Prey’.

The inspirational story of friendship, love, and support on the home front.

The pair must race against time to deliver a message that will stop 1,600 fellow troops from walking into a deadly enemy trap.

Robert Downey Jr electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.

‘One last time’ is the recurring theme behind ‘Bad Boys For Life’, the action-filled fast-paced sequel that’s hit cinemas 25 years since the original.

Lady Bird ddirector Greta Gerwig has assembled a stellar cast of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. Saoirse Ronan as eldest sister Jo March and Florence Pugh as Amy both have Oscar nominations for their performances.

Bombshell is a tough but depressingly realistic depiction of sexual harassment in the media industry.

The inexplicable return of Emperor Palpatine has stunned the surviving members of the resistance, who under the stewardship of General Leia Organa (The late Carrie Fisher) must now deal with this ominous new threat, as well as facing off against the evil First order.

Bombshell (released on January 17) stars Academy Awards winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman and Academy Award nominees John Lithgow and Margot Robbie.

With the same hilarious body swap antics that made the last film such a hoot, The Next Level doubles down on this success by adding more characters and freshens things up by switching their roles.

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