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  • Hysteria



    A fun romp set in the late 19th Century about the inventor of the (ahem) 'personal electric massager'. It has a light tone, but also does a surprisingly good job of highlighting the injustices visited on women, the burgeoning feminist movement, and so on. Maggie Gyllenhaal is excellent (and has a very good English accent), and Rupert Everett does 'upper class louche' as well as ever.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2


    It's impossible not to love this film, even if you set out not wanting to like it. It's wholesome and humane, but stays just this side of overly sentimental. I will also be rewatching specifically to try to master Paddington's Hard Stare.

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells


    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • Venus



    A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.

    It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which…