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  • Another 48 Hrs.

    ★★★

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    ★★★★

  • The Contractor

    ★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

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  • Another 48 Hrs.

    Another 48 Hrs.

    ★★★

    The difference between '48 Hrs.' and 'Another 48 Hrs.' is basically the difference in the trajectory of Eddie Murphy's career in the intervening years.

    The Eddie Murphy of '48 Hrs.' was an incandescent raw talent who was just waiting for the right director to harness that scorching youthful energy and unleash it on screen. But right from the opening credits of 'Another 48 Hrs.' we're made aware of how times have changed, as the movie informs us that it's coming…

  • The Contractor

    The Contractor

    ★★★

    Amazon releasing not one but two Chris Pine spy thrillers (this one and 'All The Old Knives') so close together represented a bit of a trap for this reviewer. Especially if you watch them, as I did, just a few weeks apart.

    So here I am then, writing a review for 'The Contractor', and going on to mention that it's one of those movies that uses a sober-faced Laurence Fishburne in a sleek wood-pannelled office as a shorthand for 'gravitas'.…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    As you may have heard, Denis Villeneuve has made great play of emphasising his desire for you to see 'Dune' on the biggest, baddest, loudest, IMAX-iest screen possible, railing against Warmer's decision to send the movie to HBO Max day-and-date and declaring that seeing his movie on the small screen (and depending on your age, what constitutes 'the small screen' nowadays could mean your TV, or equally your phone, couldn't it?) is analogous to going power sailing in a bathtub.…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★½

    All movies reflect and react to the world that they're released into. When that world is riven with so much rancour, division and tumult, that makes movies that seek to portray a better world all the more valuable. We live, as I'm sure you've noticed, in dismal times. And movies like 'Coda', that want to make them a bit less dismal, need to be championed and venerated with trumpet blasts from the tallest rooftops.

    It used to be that the…