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  • What Happened, Miss Simone?

    What Happened, Miss Simone?

    ★★★

    "No fear!"

    As a massive Simone fan, I was beating myself up for not watching this sooner.

    Garbus is keen to have the erstwhile Eunice Waymon tell her story via archival interviews and footage. Pity, then, that she finds such recourse to the usual talking heads. Simone's voice is so singular and distinctive that, whether singing or reminiscing, it feels wrong to interrupt (Also, subtitles for cursive handwriting put onscreen, accompanied by differing narration/voiceover? Focus!).

    Still, her performances and memories…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★½

    Considering I'm the kind of person who would gladly kick seven shades of shit out of Simon Le Bon, I'm amazed how much I enjoyed the music in Sing Street.

    As for the rest... hmmmmm

    Boynton is utterly magnetic but Walsh-Peelo, for all he can play and sing, is not an actor. The rest of the band would come across better if they were given much of anything to do, and Reynor needs to shut the fuck up.

    It all…

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Say what one might about the characters in the original Jurassic Park, but one thing they weren't was stupid. Jurassic World, on the other hand...

    It doesn't so much milk the nostalgic teat as kill the nostalgic cow, peel off the nostalgic cow hide and parade around in it, bellowing "Look how much I look like the original film, but with a difference!" and then winks.

    Its CGI is retrograde, as are its gender politics. One reason you shouldn't mistake…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    Man's reach exceeds his grasp. So does Nolan's.

    Full review: www.scannain.com/movie/interstellar