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  • Words on Bathroom Walls

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

  • Vacation Friends

    ★★★

  • Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

    ★★★

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  • Words on Bathroom Walls

    Words on Bathroom Walls

    ★★★½

    This really is an average teen romance drama, except it's centred on a kid with schizophrenia. And to its credit it feels like it does a decent job of that representation, even though it does tie it up in too neat a bow at the end.

    But it deals with the bullying, stigma and isolation really well. Some of the episodes reminded me of a sanitised Donnie Darko, which is a good thing. It also deals with the drugs dilemma…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

    Yes, it's glossy USA military propaganda. No it's not as homoerotic as the original. But I still loved it.

    It had the Bruckheimer sunsets and venetian blinds. It had the best aerial combat scenes ever, since Star Wars. It didn't do a beat for beat repeat of the original, but did have nods that made you smile rather than cringe.

    The music isn't as good, but it's still fun.

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  • Fighting with My Family

    Fighting with My Family

    ★★★½

    A really sweet heartwarming underdog story. Based on a true story of an English teen from a working class wrestling family. She gets picked to train for WWE.

    Written by Stephen Merchant, it has his gentle humour and charm. Plus Nick Frost as the dad with a tough past

    I don't know anything about WWE, but could relate to that moment of leaving your family at the airport to follow your dream in another country.

    Recommend for a happy cry

  • Vampire Assassin

    Vampire Assassin

    ½

    I don't like to berate someone's work, but this is not a good film.

    Apart from there being no plot and the vampire villain not actually doing anything, it's just badly made.

    The film constantly breaks the rules of cinema, which have been established to create continuity and a grounded sense of time and place.

    This film jumps out of scenes early and changes location without any establishing shots or dialogue to make sense of it.

    Ron Hall is clearly…