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  • Village of the Damned

    Village of the Damned

    ★★½

    Strong opening, but this feels all middle act and not much else. The villagers become aware of what the children are doing very early, which means the spate of hypnotically-induced suicide (often very imaginatively staged) begin to feel a bit repetitive after a while.

  • Private Life

    Private Life

    ★★★

    I wish I liked this more. Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are believable and lived-in as the couple desperate to have a baby, but the screenplay suffers when it adds their pseudo-niece as a potential egg donor, a character who feels like an idea rather than a human being with agency or feelings of her own. That might be fine in another film (indeed, Tully makes a great success from this sort of set-up), but here it sort of stops…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    Who’d have thought given all the publicity and hype that A Star Is Born would end up being a performance vehicle for Bradley Cooper? He’s magnificent as Jack, an alcoholic megastar who’s given a new lease of life after discovering Lady Gaga singing in a gay bar he’s crashed trying to find another drink.

    The first half is the most interesting, as we watch Ally’s rise and the affect it has on Jack, but once she’s become a star the…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★

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

    As overstuffed as you’d imagine it to be, and, nineteen films into the franchise, weightless. I had so many questions at the end of this film, like why does Thanos’s evil scheme make no sense? Where is Nebula at the end? Why is Falcon able to overcome a bad guy that can apparently beat Scarlet Witch, the most powerful Avenger of them all? A lot of the action sequences are nail-biting, but I wish anyone knew how to make Iron…