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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

  • Diana: The Musical

    ½

  • No Time to Die

    ★★½

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★★½

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    This is Taika Waititi's best film (to date). It displays a maturity and grasp of the horror of war in Nazi Germany despite an apparent lightness of touch which might, on the surface, belie that fact. If you saw the trailer to this film, you might expect something in tone that is closer to an episode of 'Allo 'Allo yet the film we get spends much more time in peeling the layers back on identity. Yes there is the comedy…

  • I Want to See

    I Want to See

    ★★★★

    Film #4 of the Deneuvember Challenge.

    Is this a documentary or a partly-improvised drama? It appears to be a mixture of both with Catherine Deneuve playing "Catherine Deneuve", the actress visiting Lebanon to receive an award and insists she would like to see the real Lebanon, post the 2006 war with Israel.

    Her guide is Lebanese actor Rabih Mroue who brings both a real connection to his country with a fan appreciation of the French actress. The conversations between Deneuve…

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

    There's enough here to set it apart from the other films in the MCU that have come before it but the casting of both Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung really make a big difference. A film where the big bad is not some barely believable universe destroying being but an unstoppable grief. Simu Liu is serviceable as the ostensible lead but he's never going to get out of the shadow of Awkwafina. Plus a clever cameo/reappropriation from an earlier Marvel film ensures there's plenty of humour in between the action. A promising next step outside of an American-centric Marvel universe.

  • Diana: The Musical

    Diana: The Musical

    Don't let your friends talk you into watching this saying it's so bad it's good fun. It's so bad it made the thought of listening to Elton John's awful reworking of Candle in the Wind on a permanent loop seem palatable. Also they made the fatal mistake of putting Barbara Cartland in the show but not having her played by a drag queen. Irredeemable.

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  • Border

    Border

    ★★★½

    That sex scene will haunt me for years. I've got nothing else sorry.

  • What Keeps You Alive

    What Keeps You Alive

    ★★

    Imagine the most brainless characters and then make them more stupid, just for cheap thrills. To a certain extent, the filmmaker takes his audience to be just as brainless. On the plus side, it's nicely shot and definitely passes the Bechdel test. So there's that.