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  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★

    I started watching 20th Century Women three times before I convinced myself to sit through it. It wasn’t that I expected it to be a chore particularly, but I did wonder if a bunch of seventies misfits philosophising over menstruation at the dinner-table would really grab me by the jugular. It held all the promise of a very long, boring drive to somewhere you didn’t really fancy visiting. Not the dentist’s or anything, more like your mother-in-law.
     
    And if truth…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★

    Oooh, look at all the pretty, colourful, utter and complete mayhem on offer! Whilst I do clutch to my now aging and ample man-bosoms the fact that I am lucky to watch a lot of stuff I actually anticipate, there are moments when I am cajoled, one way or another (on this occasion my eighteen-year-old son, yes, too old for all of this nonsense, but still, he’s not well), to sit down in front of something I never thought I…

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  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    ★★★★★

    I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.

    American Beauty simply…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    At some point, and I'm not sure exactly where, Tarantino lost his cool. It was hard to spot because it wasn't for long, but by the time Basterds came along after Deathproof had been and gone, it was a blessed relief, if not an actual proper return to form. Christoph Waltz was a gem of a find there and here too, Tarantino wisely utilises him as fully as he should.

    A revenge/rescue tale told in the way only Tarantino really…