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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★★

    This was a delight. It's not perfect by any means, but I loved the focus on Helen coming out the shadows and taking centre stage. The sequence where she takes a call from Dash about the location of something or other mid-ultra high speed chase was spot on. It was a really feel-good film with great action sequences and a lot of laugh out loud moments.

    Jack-Jack and Edna Mode stole the show.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Well, this really went in directions that I didn't expect it to. The acting by the whole cast was phenomenal, and I believed in the messed up but somehow still functional relationship between Reynolds and Alma. Of course, I also really enjoyed the period costumes.

    On that note, I may the only person to have watched this film and ended up very slightly disappointed that they didn't show more of the couture dressmaking process!

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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

    Venus

    ★★★½

    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…