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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    I can’t think of another movie I’ve watched this year where I was so sure I would love it... which really didn’t work for me for the first-half... and then so completely won me over by the time it rolls towards its empathetic and graceful end, with one of the most tender on-screen moments I can recall seeing. Rather marvellously done.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Family movie nights don’t get any better than this... the first screening for my seven year-old daughter.

    It remains the masterpiece it always was.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing in a week, this time on the big screen (I’m lucky enough to have that option). The cinematography of the closing act, ‘The Lighthouse’, from the shot of Natalie Portman standing on the deserted beach, is perfection. It’s a masterpiece of sci-fi moviemaking and absolutely my favourite film of the year so far.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    First viewing in seven years and the first for my 10 year-old daughter. While some of the CGI has naturally aged quite poorly, it’s still nothing short of magnificent how perfect a job Peter Jackson did with these movies... especially in the context of the disaster that was to come with the Hobbit.

    I still remember seeing this for the very first time on the big screen and, as a complete Lord of the Rings geek, I couldn’t believe I had just seen such a perfect encapsulation of Tolkien’s original story. It left me breathless.