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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

    There’s a moment in Roman Holiday, roughly two thirds of the way through, that always sticks in my mind. Hepburn and Peck have just spent an afternoon sightseeing in Rome, and are about to go dancing by the river. Off camera we hear a horse-drawn carriage, and our couple both turn to look at it. Peck twists back to meet Hepburn’s eyes, which light up instantly as she flashes her million-dollar smile. He asks her a wordless question, and her…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★½

    Little Women is just wonderful. A perfectly cast ensemble all giving absolutely fantastic performances, and a director who shows confidence in both scale and storytelling, crafting one of the best films of the year. Told across two time periods, Gerwig seamlessly flows between the two, carefully revealing important information and providing a fascinating, non-linear development for all of the leads. Every shot in the earlier timeline is so full of warmth and goodwill, feeling as cozy as the home it…

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  • Bachelorette

    Bachelorette

    ★★

    Excruciatingly painful comedies with incredibly charming and likeable stars are always a bit of a conundrum for me. I’m able to easily invest in the characters and storylines, but subsequently get so much more frustrated at here it ends up. 

    There’s a few good laughs sprinkled throughout, but for the most part this raunchy comedy is just awkward, predictable humour. It has a real disregard for its characters and their problems, too content with the cliches and cheap laughs. If…

  • The Reader

    The Reader

    ★★★

    Best Actress winners month - Film #18

    Kate Winslet

    A fascinatingly complex story of love, secrecy and guilt, it often feels like the film isn't quite delivering its themes as powerfully as it could. It's challenging in subject matter, but often cumbersome in its execution. Sometimes it can be absolutely scintillating, sometimes bogged down in tiresome plotlines, particularly as the timeline moves onto Ralph Fiennes' scenes. Fortunately, almost every impressive moment includes Kate Winslet. She's constantly wrought with tension; so…

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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★★

    I loved absolutely every single hilariously acted, brilliantly designed and perfectly edited moment of this wonderfully weird film, and stuff

  • Definitely, Maybe

    Definitely, Maybe

    ★★★½

    This rom-com has the warmth and coziness of your favourite comfort blanket. Despite the fact that the plot largely consists of Ryan Reynolds making terrible life decisions, it manages to tell its story with tenderness and sincerity, and a real affection for its characters. There isn’t a single bad performance from this wonderful cast, each full of life and personality and interacting with each other brilliantly. It has a solid amount of humour, but never so that it overshadows the genuinely touching…