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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    Inventive and charming take on Groundhog Day's time-loop premise, that sees Andy Samberg's jaded Nyles and Cristin Milioti's mercurial Sarah reliving her younger sister's wedding day over and over. It's a genuine crowd pleaser - like Harold Ramis's 1993 classic, a romantic comedy - but I prefer my Lonely Island productions to be a bit spikier, a little less cuddly.

  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★★½

    John Wayne won an Oscar for his portrayal of boozy US Marshall Rooster Cogburn but it's Marguerite Roberts' sparkling screenplay (from a novel by Charles Portis) that is the real star here. Despite being a revenge western, which begins with the cold-blooded killing of young Mattie Ross' (Kim Darby) father, Roberts mostly keeps proceedings light, concentrating on the amusingly fractious relationship between Rooster, Mattie and Glen Campbell's 'La Boeuf' as they set off to hunt down the murderer. It's the…

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  • Cuties

    Cuties

    ★★★½

    It turns out that this year's most controversial movie... isn't controversial at all. Instead, Cuties is an emotional exploration of what happens when an unhappy young Muslim girl rebels against her family, traditions and culture to pursue a more westernised (and, yes, sexualised) idea of feminity. She becomes friends with a dance troupe (the titular Cuties) whose racy routines are presented as slightly ridiculous and entirely incongruous. Writer/director Maïmouna Doucouré makes it clear these are children going through the motions…

  • All the Colors of the Dark

    All the Colors of the Dark

    ★★★★

    Haunted by nightmares of her troubled past and running out of treatment options, Edwige Fenech falls into the clutches of a coven of witches. Alas, instead of helping her overcome these night terrors, the fiends prove rather more interested in getting their mucky paws on her naked flesh. So far, so Giallo, but there's far more to Sergio Martino's film than the usual blood and boobs formula; Colors is a reality-bending fever dream, shot through with surreal imagery and a constant atmosphere of near-hysteria. One of the best Martinos I've so far seen.