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  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    ★★★★

    The arrival of Steve McQueen‘s five films combined into the miniseries Small Axe is timely with a rise in protests against racism last year. Each film focuses on systemic racism prevalent in the 1970s and 80s in Britain, but perhaps Mangrove most resembles the current situation.

    Before its gentrification in the late 20th-century, Notting Hill, London was home to many Black citizens, and the Mangrove restaurant became an important meeting space for the Black community. Ever since its opening in…

  • Des

    Des

    ★★★★

    ITV Studios have made many miniseries in the last twenty years focusing on notorious British murder cases. The latest of these is based on the book Killing for Company, a biography written by Brian Masters about Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

    The series begins with DCI Peter Jay (Daniel Mays) responding to a call to one of the infamous addresses where Nilsen carried out some of his most atrocious acts. Suspicious of potential human remains found in a drain blockage,…

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    Pixar has produced revolutionary computer-generated animated films ever since the studio’s first feature film in 1995, dazzling the senses with visually breathtaking worlds that encompass captivating stories. Pixar audiences have seen the world of living toys, aquatic life, insect life, and even what happens inside our own heads. Directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers now take us to the world beyond our living existence in their latest film Soul.

    Soul follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle-aged part-time music teacher…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

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

    When Céline Sciamma‘s fourth film Portrait of a Lady on Fire screened at Cannes in 2019, it made quite an impact, and quite rightly so. There are many elements worthy of praise, but the performances of Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel and its script are two of the reasons for its success. Both amalgamate to create a feeling of desire that allows the audience to empathise with what unfolds.

    For anyone unfamiliar with Portrait of a Lady on Fire, it…