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  • Lovers Rock

    Lovers Rock

    ★★★★

    Lovers Rock totally encapsulates the feeling of getting lost in music or a particular moment in time. We as viewers feel this sense of suspended time alongside the characters, and for a film to get someone like me to actually miss parties and bustling social gatherings is no small feat.

    There are moments of trouble and discomfort in Lovers Rock, but the film's boldness comes chiefly from the uninhibited joy that dominates proceedings. We see people fall in and out…

  • Happiest Season

    Happiest Season

    ★★★½

    Primary take-away from this for me is that Mary Holland is a delight and should be in lots more films. As pleasant as this film is I'd have happily just enjoyed 100 minutes of her character's endearing bumbling fleshed out with her own story. So great. I haven't been that emotional about a character's painting since Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

    The film itself is also very sweet, beautiful occasionally, and manages to tow the line between cheese and…

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  • National Theatre Live: Fleabag

    National Theatre Live: Fleabag

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge is, by far, the most talented person alive.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    The polarised reaction to Joker is almost as fascinating, to me, as the film itself. Ultimately I find myself agreeing quite a bit with both sides. It's no doubt one of the years most interesting films, but it isn't one of its best.

    Phoenix is, as expected, the best thing about it. With a weaker lead than him, this film falls apart. He brings an intense physicality to the role and completely disappears into it. Beyond him, the film is…