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  • To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

    To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

    ★★★

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

    Solid but unremarkable sequel which has a nice central conceit – that romantic comedies shouldn’t stop at the moment the couple get together (how will they get on when this dating thing becomes a reality?) - and gives some happier endings to the supporting cast, but still doesn’t do enough to justify its existence and even makes you doubt that Lara Jean has made the right choice, by presenting an even more perfect partner for her. So, the ending makes you wonder if it is the right ending.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★½

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

    Ouch. This is painful to watch, a deliberately chaotic and stressful experience designed to make you feel the thrills and tension of a gambler trying to rob Peter to pay Paul, but always making things worse. Adam Sandler is admittedly impressive, but it’s hard to like this character, or any of the other characters (largely very ugly, threatening men), and it’s so uncomfortable a viewing experience, that I wouldn’t ever recommend it to anyone. And possibly the worst, screechingly awful score I’ve heard in years.

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  • A Fistful of Dollars

    A Fistful of Dollars

    ★★★★

    Brilliant first outing for 'the man with no name'.

  • The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds

    ★★★½

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

    Attacked everywhere for being dull, but this isn't bad - it's a well-realised version of the story, with a decent period setting, and the slower bits are those that work to establish character and make us care for the alien cannon fodder. The Martians are creepy and impressively powerful, and the action sequences, particularly in the second episode, are thrilling. The main problem with it is the jumping timeframes, which suck out the tension and don't really serve any purpose.…