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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★★

    Following a number of highly acclaimed releases in recent years, A24 has emerged as a distributor worth keeping a watch on. Of its quite tantalising 2019 roster it was Lulu Wang’s The Farewell that piqued my interest in particular; for its resounding festival praise but also for its marked departure from the horror and coming of age genres which A24 are arguably now most associated with.

    The Farewell is a wonderfully funny and poignant film, and one that still somehow…

  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    Scoring films can be a crude way of capturing a reaction to a film. There may be a multitude of reasons for why a ‘quality film’ is a real zinger for some and flat for others. However 3 or 3.5 stars is for me a safety net: they represent films that may not push the boundaries of film-making but they do what they do very well in their respective genres. I come away entertained and happy to re-watch it in…

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  • Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey

    ★★★

    This is Downton Abbey at its lightest and fluffiest, where the most pivotal concern (for the largest number of individuals) is whether the home team get to serve the hors d'oeuvres to King George V and Queen Mary. It’s daft but warm and entertaining, especially for those viewers who have followed these characters for so many years.

    The film is absolutely stuffed to the brim with sub-plots; some are really good fun and some are relied upon to generate that…