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  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    ★★★★

    I've always thought Timothy Dalton never got the credit due to him as James Bond in the same way that reviewers fawned over Daniel Craig's similar deconstruction of the character nearly twenty years after Dalton's debut. While this and Licence to Kill are the only chances he got, what Dalton did once given the chance was to merge the grittiness of Connery's take and the one liners and smoothness of Moore's era. He played Bond like Craig would: a man…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    The best science fiction film you will watch in 2016/2017. A master class in editorial pauses and cuts, it works both as a notation of the inherent losses humanity is capable of as a species and as individuals and as a tale of how to deal with a puzzle that is content to never be solved. Amy Adams takes the prize for best performance as she plays with the mercurial nature of the plight of her character. Her reactions to…

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  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon

    ★★★★½

    A quiet, gentle film, Pete's Dragon is as harmless as its title character. One of the more thoughtful remakes from Disney, the film sports excellent performances from Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford while both Wes Bentley and Karl Urban form a brotherly duo on opposing sides of what to do with young Peter's winged friend. Oakes Fegley gives a completely naturalistic performance as Pete and it's amazing to watch him hop, twitch, tilt his head and generally stare at…

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    While some of the zombie parts hang off this adaptation very loosely, the cast are having fun and seem to be playing the characters from the original novel as if they've just been dropped into the Zombie Apocalypse. Lily James is a thoroughly modern Elizabeth Bennett, armed with her razor sharp wit but now packs axes, swords, flintlocks and garter belt ninja blades (!). Sam Riley might be the most austere Darcy ever on screen but he's made better with…