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  • Montparnasse Bienvenüe

    Montparnasse Bienvenüe

    ★★★

    Jeune Femme might be the first film in history that feels equally like Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky, and his earlier, considerably more pessimistic character study Naked. As we follow Paula (Laetitia Dosch) navigating the streets of Paris after a break-up, we see her do everything she can in order to put on a brave face and make the best of her living situation - even if that means taking on a mistaken identity to find friendship, find work, or…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    The problem many comedy sequels have is maintaining the humour second time round - and for a franchise based on fourth-wall breaking meta gags like Deadpool, it would prove to be an even steeper mountain to climb to catch lightning in a bottle twice, once the audience is fully acclimatised to its stylistic tricks. In hiring John Wick co-director David Leitch, the film at least improves on the first outing when it comes to the gory onscreen violence; it's the…

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★½

    I have rarely seen a cinema audience as rowdy as the crowd at my screening of Kong: Skull Island yesterday evening. Roughly ten minutes in to the film, peaceful decorum in the auditorium seemed to be abolished, with audience interaction reaching a level usually associated with cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show or The Room, not a preview screening of a would-be franchise starter.

    Here was a crowd actively hating a movie in real time, loudly questioning plot…

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    With the blockbuster success of Fifty Shades of Grey in cinemas worldwide, many pundits are claiming that this marks a new era for “sex positive” movies- and much more importantly, the basic idea of a woman being as sexually open as her male counterparts not being a source of cinematic shame, but one of pride. It’s only been two decades since what I dub the “unofficial Michael Douglas misogyny trilogy” of Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Disclosure hit cinemas, films…