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  • A Room with a View
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Paddington
  • In the Cut

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

  • Blue Velvet

  • Le Bonheur

  • RRR

    ★★★★★

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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.

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    Can’t take my mind off how uncannily Miles Teller resembles Anthony Edwards, with only a tidy moustache and sunglasses to do it. Very nicely done there. Lots of fan service, lots of BIG PRINT as dialogue (“Don’t think, just do” is the new “Don’t try to understand it, feel it”), and a totally unsubtle use of US Naval technological advancements to argue for CINEMA, BABYYYYY. Less sexy all round (come for the middle-aged lovemaking scene, stay for the soft-focus chit-chat).…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    An alternative account of the great Heineken vs PBR wars of 1986.

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★★

    The sweeping, underlying love for mothers and the art of mothering that holds this story up, my gosh. All the reviews that quip “Yep never having kids” or “Motherhood’s not for everyone” miss so many points. This film and Elena’s story are about how the odds are stacked against women whether they want to be brilliant at home or at work or both and all the rest. We can’t have it all, all at the same time. We are no more psychically…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    Long-ass movie with not enough ass.