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  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    It’s the eleventy billionth viewing in our house, and the comic detail and silly sight gags in this lovely tale of immigrant acceptance keep on delighting. The back half of the taxidermied animals in Nicole Kidman’s lab. “The English have 107 different ways to talk about rain.” Mrs Bird’s knees. The tea train. “My heart, she took a little longer to arrive” - a perfect line about homesickness. The beige car: “It’s a karma-neutral colour.” 

    Also, I want Sally Hawkins’ wardrobe.

  • Cats

    Cats

    "Are we singing?" one audience member asked through the darkness as Cats—The Movie began; "I think so?!" someone else replied, and nek minnit we're clapping, waving our arms in the air, cellphones are out like lighters at a stadium and we're not strangers, we're friends, and nobody has ever, ever, ever seen a cat so clever as Magical Mister Mistoffelees.

    Cats—The Musical premiered in London in 1981 and it was strangely lovable from the start; an 80s impresario, known for…

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  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It’s all a bit smug and pleased with itself, isn’t it. All sparks and sexy low angles and golden hour sun flares and deep backgrounds and quirky folk and delightful dialogue and executive bluster and a sassy wife. A comfortable ride dressed up in a snazzy chassis, fun enough, and surprisingly family friendly, but ultimately going nowhere, ‘cos oil starts wars and cars ain’t gonna fix climate change and what upstairs wants is always more important than the creative renegades…

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    “Visual Consultant: Roger Deakins”

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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Aside from the yawnful Good-Guys-White / Bad-Guys-Other-Colours casting, this was a surprisingly enjoyable action flick... until it fucked out in the third act.

    It was partly the utterly weird special effects. Partly that they sent their only lady-spy off into space 'cos no plot for her. But mostly because of a series of gags right near the end in which the only moral (blonde, beautiful) hold-out amongst the captured guests offers our hero ass-sex if he sets her free.

    Don't…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    I just couldn't find anything wrong with this. And now I'm off to make some marmalade.