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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    Ever since the lukewarm critical reception to Prometheus, Ridley Scott's ambitious reconceptualisation of the Alien franchise he began in 1979, the direction of where he would take the saga next has twisted and turned into what we ultimately have in Alien: Covenant, both in the unique position of being a sequel and indeed a prequel at the same time. Prometheus wanted to have its cake and eat it; launch a new series of films pontificating on life, meaning, God and…

  • Mindhorn

    Mindhorn

    ★★★½

    If you've ever watched any 1980's TV, you'll get what Mindhorn is trying to do. Julian Barrett & Simon Parnaby's comedy, unsurprisingly, is produced by Steve Coogan's Baby Cow, unsurprising in the fact that if their movie resembles anything, it's Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa by way of the niche Channel Four spoof comedy series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, shot through with more than a little Bergerac for good measure. It's defiantly eccentric, defiantly British, and will defiantly not be everyone's cup of…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    For many years, Wes Anderson has been celebrated as an offbeat American auteur, with a narrative and visual style all his own - a colourful, melancholic whimsy riven with a biting, black comedic undercurrent. At times it's worked well, others it misses the mark, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel he has created something truly wonderful. Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, Anderson's film is light, fun, thoughtful, cheeky, rude, farcical and emotional all in one rip roaring stew,…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★★

    Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's…