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Tár & Babylon

Friday, January 27th, 2023 Film Reviews,

Last week I thought Michelle Williams was unbeatable for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars, but after watching Tár, it’s hard to see Cate Blanchett coming second. Todd Field’s film about a musical genius who falls for the seductions of fame and power, is a classic Faustian tale. Blanchett’s Lydia Tár doesn’t exactly sell her […]

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The Fabelmans

Friday, January 13th, 2023 Film Reviews,

At a certain point in an illustrious career, many a writer has turned to autobiography. That moment usually arrives when an author has become so famous that he or she is more fascinating to the public than any work of fiction they may produce. It does, however, require a special kind of ego. Gore Vidal […]

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The Banshees of Inisherin & A Man Called Otto

Thursday, December 29th, 2022 Film Reviews,

It must be a great relief for Colin Farrell to finally be in a film in which he can speak with an Irish accent. A tragi-comedy of insularity, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin is set on a island off the west coast of Ireland. There is no actual place called Inisherin, but one assumes […]

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Avatar: The Way of Water

Thursday, December 15th, 2022 Film Reviews,

We are told “the Way of Water has no beginning and no end,” which sounds like a perfect description of James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequel. Anyone who hasn’t seen the original Avatar of 2009, or like me, has forgotten most of it, will get the disconcerting feeling of having entered the film at the half-way […]

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Friday, November 18th, 2022 Film Reviews,

A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable for Hollywood to produce a superhero film in which all the lead characters were black African women. Even less likely was that the United States would play the role of the villain – an irresponsible superpower that can’t be trusted to preserve world peace. Welcome to 2022, […]

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Amsterdam

Saturday, October 8th, 2022 Film Reviews,

It’s hard to pinpoint where Amsterdam starts to go wrong, but once that sinking feeling sets in, it never leaves. I’ve come to think of David O. Russell as one of the very best contemporary American directors, but this film swiftly leaves the shining path and wanders off into the wilderness. It’s 1930, and we […]

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Don’t Worry Darling

Friday, September 30th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Don’t worry darling, you can look it up when you get home. This is the best advice I can offer to those who walk out of Olivia Wilde’s much-discussed movie, wondering what on earth it was all about. No film this year has been more thoroughly picked over by the gossip columnists, following reports of […]

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Saturday, July 9th, 2022 Film Reviews,

The Thunder God went for a ride Upon his favourite filly I’m Thor! he cried The horse replied: You forgot your thaddle, thilly!   This little rhyme has remained lodged in my mind from the day I read it in a Marvel comic, when I was still in primary school This was decades before the […]

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Elvis

Friday, June 24th, 2022 Film Reviews,

There’s no mystery about a film by Baz Luhrmann. We know it’s going to be big and brassy, fast-moving, wilfully superficial, and packed with over-the-top theatrics. As a result, I go along to each new Baz film with a sense of diminished expectations. For me, everything started to go wrong with Moulin Rouge! (2001), which […]

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Jurassic World Dominion

Friday, June 17th, 2022 Film Reviews,

If Top Gun: Maverick took formula film-making into the stratosphere, Jurassic World Dominion has returned it to the primordial swamp. Whatever the shortcomings of the previous installment in this seemingly endless series, it feels like a classic alongside this new effort. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Spanish director, J.A.Bayona managed a few clever twists […]