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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★

    What a utterly incomprehensible mess

  • American Animals

    American Animals

    It is hard to explain exactly why I took against this film - indeed, why I question whether it should ever have been made at all.

    Here we have four young men, so fixated on their entitlement to an adrenalin adventure that they exploit the lack of tight security in a library to steal rare and valuable books for money, in the process humiliating and terrifying a librarian.

    All four are, in different ways, completely self-centred and amoral, all very…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★

    There's a reason Spike Lee works as a director and not in make-up. He can't resist applying everything with a trowel.

    This is a potentially fascinating tale but it can't quite decide if it's playing as a comedy or who its audience is. Worse is the ladling on of a jarringly inappropriate ending of real life, modern and very graphic violence at Charlottesville.

    Presumably Lee though we wouldn't manage to quite get the numerous references to Trump throughout the film…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★

    How can so much talent and energy go into brilliantly building up the tension towards a dramatic climax for this film... only to present an ending that had everyone, in the cinema where I saw this, laughing with derision?

  • Skyscraper

    Skyscraper

    ★★

    Dwayne, you're better than this.

    Die Hard Without the Charm.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★

    Surprisingly, not nearly as terrible as I was expecting it to be

  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

    ★★

    "They can take our lives, but they'll never take our tweedom".

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta

    ★★★★★

    This was a special screening organised using OurScreen for my 50th birthday. This film remains one of my all-time guilty pleasures - a fabulous evening with around 60 friends.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★

    Slight, whimsical, episodic and only periodically funny, this is a film so easygoing and inoffensive that it's hard to see quite why it has attracted so much attention.

    For these reasons, it will probably win the Best Picture Oscar - kind of the Driving Miss Daisy of the early 21st century.

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★★

    It is easy to see why Gary Oldman's powerhouse performance as Churchill has attracted such attention and an Oscar nomination. It is undoubtedly terrific.

    But there is, nevertheless, something unsatisfying about the film itself, from the constant exposition to "that" underground train scene.

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★

    Despite an interesting concept, this is simply not funny, has some really wooden acting, a fair smattering of racist stereotyping and just doesn't make any sense. A big disappointment.

  • Borg vs McEnroe

    Borg vs McEnroe

    ★★★

    Tennis remains the second most boring sport on the planet (after golf, obviously). This hasn't changed my view in any way. Sleepy Le Beef was less tiresome than usual but the script is pretty predictable.