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  • The Inbetweeners Movie

    The Inbetweeners Movie

    ★★★★

    I'll always be fascinated by how genuinely successful this film is in its own right, especially given they could have easily just coasted off of the show's success (as, curiously, the second film did).

  • Out of Blue

    Out of Blue

    ★★★½

    Part cerebral curiosity and part pulpy noir, with a smattering of astrophysics thrown in for good measure. Woozy and intoxicating - I struggled to comprehend it at times, but I never wanted to look away.

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    I mean... DAMN!! How often do you see a blockbuster so eager to entertain, it's willing to throw its star out of a helicopter, and then off a cliff in the *same* sequence? Exhausting... exhilerating... I basically had to pick myself off the floor by the end.

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★½

    One wonders what it was about The House That Jack Built that persuaded Cannes director Thierry Fremaux to offer devious provocateur Lars von Trier a reprieve from his enforced exile. Presumably it wasn’t the scenes of duckling mutilation and toddler taxidermy that convinced him to change his mind, more likely it’s the fact that the whole thing comes across as a conceited exercise in navel-gazing that the festival’s programmers seem so keen to lap up.

    Still, at least the reports…