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  • Loving



    Solid, low-key 'issue movie' which delivers an emotional punch in the end, but takes a long time to tell a very simple story - sloooooowly.

    The versatile Joel Edgerton is excellent, as ever, and the woman BAFTA describes as a "rising star" (sic), after more than ten years in the acting business - Ethiopian-Irish actor Ruth Negga - is superb as a quiet woman slowly finding her strength.

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.


    It's a shame the UK distributors of this film made such a hash of its release. Handled properly it could have found an interested audience. Maybe it will do well on DSD/Bluray.

Popular reviews

  • Looper



    Superior, low-key, grown-up science fiction that prioritises ideas and emotion over futuristic set-dressing. Time travel plot is spoiler-bait. Good performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and the ever-wonderful Jeff Daniels. Writer/director Rian Johnson borrows from other sci-fi movies, but makes their ideas and images his own.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook


    An absurdly over-praised, trite and manipulative love story featuring a manic depressive (Bradley Cooper) and a young grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence). There are some cute scenes involving dancing.

    Like Paul Haggis's Crash before it, this is one of those films which, in years to come, will be cited as an embarrassing, over-hyped anomaly on the Oscar roll of honour. Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve her Best Actress gong, and the nominations for her, Cooper, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver…