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  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★½

    Sorry We Missed You is like a modern re-telling of the story of Job, except in this one God never shows up to fix anything. It’s a real slog to get through, every step revealing a new punishment for the central family, and at a point it becomes a bit excessive. The script does a great job of illustrating the kinds of immense stresses working class families go through, and justifies the long hours and immense debt that can come…

  • Ordinary Love

    Ordinary Love

    ★★★

    Ordinary Love is exactly what you expect it to be. It’s a drama about an older married couple going through all the hardships of one of them getting cancer. There aren’t any surprises really, it doesn’t do anything unexpected; you’ve seen this story before. But it is a very honest and grounded portrayal. Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are excellent, and I really liked the score. There’s a nice recurring image of a tree that the couple loops around on…

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  • The Photograph

    The Photograph

    ★½

    Well, the new year is not off to a great start. The Photograph is the first 2020 release I’ve seen and it is so insanely dull. I almost walked out when an hour in the most passionate thing the romantic leads had said was “I think we should keep getting to know each other.” This movie has such misplaced priorities; it plays out as a love story between Mae (Issa Rae) and Michael (LaKeith Stanfield), with a somewhat disconnected subplot…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    What a strange, unique sense of humour. I really loved The Favourite. I think a lot of the jokes will only play to a specific type of person, as there were a lot of times I felt like I was the only person in the theatre laughing. But even then there's plenty of jokes that landed with the whole audience.
    The performances are all fantastic, Olivia Colman in particular switches back and forth from hilariously pathetic to profoundly sad without…