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  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Blade Runner
  • Mirror

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  • Ender's Game

    ★★★★½

  • The Silent Child

    ★★½

  • Dark River

    ★★★★★

  • Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

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  • Ender's Game

    Ender's Game

    ★★★★½

    According to my Letterboxd diary, I re-watched this first on a Bluray in April 2015. I think the disc must have been borrowed, as I rarely get rid of any of them, although my old DVD's do sometimes end up in a charity shop. Anyway, I still stand by what I said in my review back then.

  • The Silent Child

    The Silent Child

    ★★½

    Note: I saw this on BBC televison.
    Oh dear! A potentially excellent film with rather too many flaws. The message was clear enough: give a deaf child sufficient support, early enough, and they will do so much better at school and blossom into their true selves.

    Maisie Sly, herself deaf, was excellent as the mischievous and enchanting child. The mother, although well acted by Rachel Fielding, was a caricature of neglect and ignorance in whom it was hard to believe.…

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  • Bab'Aziz

    Bab'Aziz

    ★★★★★

    Bab'Aziz is a supremely beautiful film: the setting, the cinematography, the music and the myth-like outer story, together with its magical tales within.

    For me there's something special about deserts in quite a few of my favourite films, from the enduring classic Lawrence of Arabia (a meticulous digital restoration was released quite recently) to The English Patient, the compelling Theeb, the glorious Mad Max: Fury Road and of course the different versions of Dune. No doubt it's not a lot…

  • A Second Chance

    A Second Chance

    ★★★★½

    I went to see this partly because I have admired Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime in Game of Thrones, and partly because reveiws made it sound like a really good film. It is.

    There are four main characters in this story: two sets of parents, each with a very young baby.

    Andreas is a detective, and he and his wife Anna live a comfortable-looking life. Their new baby cries a lot, but don't they all? The proud and caring father takes…