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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    Ryan Gosling is miscast, Emma Stone's good (but far from Oscar-worthy), there are no memorable songs, some of the musical numbers are big but never impressive, the scenery is beautiful, the story resolves unexpectedly, but it's far too long and rather tedious.

    I wanted to feel the joys of movement, romance, love, song, and triumph over adversity... but La La Land instead delivered something very superficial with little substance.

    Highly overrated.

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★½

    Pablo Larraín's biopic of Jackie Kennedy is occasionally very interesting and moving, but it holds you at a distance. There's a woozy quality to the film, which covers the aftermath of JFK's assassination from the perspective of the First Lady, and Natalie Portman gives a good performance as a woman who appears to suffering from a spiritual concussion caused by the traumatic event.

    It also concerns the very nature of what it means to be First Lady, in the shadow…

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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    Sorry, but this doesn't deserve the acclaim festooned upon it. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, I see. Amazing.

    TONI ERDMANN is a German drama miss-sold as a comedy (the lead actress even agrees), about an eccentric father with a love of disguises, who pays his estranged career-minded daughter a surprise visit, and proceeds to cause her great embarrassment.

    Good idea. FUNNY idea. They're going to remake this with Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson. So someone clearly thinks it's a comedy in…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★

    Lovely performances and an intriguing catalyst, but it doesn't really go anywhere all that interesting. 45 YEARS would've made a good television drama on ITV one Sunday. For some reason it's a movie.