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  • 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.

  • Patti Cake$

    Patti Cake$

    ★★★★

    Rarely do I leave a screening with a big stupid grin on my face. Not going for the obvious ending was a big part of this...

  • Detroit

    Detroit

    ★★★

    Interesting but flawed film that ahistorically sells the perennial "few rotten apples" myth of police racism and corruption. It's not difficult to imagine a black director would have understood the institutional nature of these issues instinctively.

    Furthermore, Boyega's potentially interesting character and the motivations for his actions are wholly undeveloped. As for rhe trial section in the last third, it added little more than "white cops got away with murder in the 60s". This is hardly news: indeed, it has hardly changed 50 years on, demonstrating Bigelow's absolute tin ear for social context, despite the other qualities the film may possess.

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★

    Painfully slow and nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is. A huge disappointment

  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★

    79 minutes of tedious anthropomorphising of cats on the streets of Istanbul.

    This documentary's occasionally headache-inducing camera work does periodically give way to potentially interesting but undeveloped insight into why some Istanbul residents feel such strong attachment to strays (often the results of grief or personal trauma). I would have welcomed more of these human stories.

    Not least because cats are basically evil.

  • My Cousin Rachel

    My Cousin Rachel

    ★★

    For some. this might have made a passable 40 minute Sunday evening drama on the BBC as the nights start to grow cold, but for me, it was such a disappointment: I was very, very bored.

    Rachel Weisz in the lead role was OK I guess, but Sam Claflin's character was utterly unconvincing.