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  • Win It All

    Win It All

    ★★★½

    A charming and likeable film which, despite treading familiar territory, never feels derivative or formulaic.

    Stylistically, its reminiscent of a nineties indie flick, with grainy visuals and long scenes where the camera inserts itself right in the middle of the conversation. Those conversations are the film's main strength and have a natural flow and easy back-and-forth which can only come from a water-tight script.

    Overall there's something very quaint and endearing about Win it All, and its nice to see that people still want to make films like this.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Having been unmoved by the generously-received, Force Awakens, I quite enjoyed this entry into the SW franchise. Much of this enjoyment came from the dual leads, Felicity Jones on the side of good, Ben Mendelson ('World's Greatest Actor') on that of evil.

    Jones in particular is dynamic as the spiritual leader of a rebel group sent to track down the Death Star diagnostics, and it's somewhat of a shame that she wasn't cast in the role Daisy Ridley occupies in…

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  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★½

    A horrendous mess of a film, a slapdash hotchpotch of montages, hurried exposition and woeful dialogue; I doubt I'll see anything as bad this year.

    For the majority it's like a Wikipedia entry with actors as 'witty' anecdotes are slathered across the screen. Like, for instance, the story of the Jewish man selling Catholic bibles who gets hired to run an entire restaurant. This entire scene lasts all of a minute and is then forgotten about.

    Perhaps somewhere deep down…

  • I, Daniel Blake

    I, Daniel Blake

    ★★½

    It may deal with an politically urgent subject matter and help expose the realities of Britain's welfare state but Loach's film is about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

    In a world of complexities he manages to make everything seem black and white, characters are either good or evil there is no in-between, and the message he's trying to get across is weakened by how deliberate and heavy-handed it is in its presentation.

    Some of the plot twists are tiresome in…