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  • Umberto D.
  • The Lady Eve
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Uncut Gems

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  • This Much I Know to Be True

    ★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★

  • Jallikattu

    ★★★

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  • This Much I Know to Be True

    This Much I Know to Be True

    ★★★½

    68/100

    This begins, quite unexpectedly, with Cave dryly declaring that he has retrained as a ceramicist, because it’s no longer viable to be a touring artist, while showing director Dominic his work, and particularly a series of 18 majestically grotesque models of the devil in various stages of his "life" from birth to death. For an artist renowned for conveying vivid imagery in his songs, the step of literalising such imagery into something more tangible makes sweet sense.

    Dominik is…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    49/100

    SPOILERS AHEAD

    DSITUOM is not a very good film. Its’ story revolves around the hoary old cliche stroke McGuffin of a gifted child being pursued by evil forces in order to tap into her powers, and it feels rather disjointed, never quite coming together into a satisfying whole. It feels like a long series of sequences and vignettes. But what brilliant and clever and imaginative quite a few of these sequences and vignettes are! This is what happens when…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    83/100

    If films are judged according to how often and how well they hit their apparent targets (and they should), then Dunkirk is near flawless. Nolan has explained that he wanted to portray the rescue mission of allied troops from France at the beginning of WWII not as a traditional war film but as a thriller, a tale of suspense and survival, and he has managed to do exactly that. Even for a film telling a well known story, this…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    35/100

    Oh dear, this is not very good is it? I haven’t read Ernest Cline’s 2011 hit book on which this is based but it is hard to imagine that it’s any less hackneyed than the film. The book is supposed to be a fan letter to ’80s pop culture, set in a world where icons from movies, games and TV became real. But the film, though at times technically pretty impressive (of course it is, come on its Spielberg), is…