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  • Instant Family

    Instant Family

    ★★½

    Parenting, hard work. Foster parenting a screaming girl, accident-prone boy and manipulative teen all at once, insane. But this brave couple took it on, and somehow managed.

  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

    Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

    ★★★

    A simple story of friendship, finding solutions and clearing up misconceptions, like every good Pokemon episode. Suitably timed with all the renewed pokemon interest Nintendo's getting.

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  • Mary and Max

    Mary and Max

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, well-detailed animated feature about continental, cultural & generational divides that do not pose a barrier to a quirky yet true (pen-)friendship. The NYC backdrop was beautifully intricate, and the asperger's information highly educational.

  • The Ghost Writer

    The Ghost Writer

    ★★★★½

    a surprisingly engaging "sleeper-hit", especially more so, since i'd been awake for more than 20 hours while watching this film in-flight the first time. It survived a rewatch rather well, as I realised all the nuances I'd missed years ago while fading in & out of jetlag.

    Political intrigue's not usually my chosen genre, but McGregor pulls off an excellent young writer-wannabe-turned-ghost, writer, that is...Brosnan's suitably aloof and cagey as a former Brit PM, and Cattrall shines (much more than in…