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  • The Sound of Music
  • The Money Pit
  • Stories We Tell
  • Frances Ha

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  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    ★★★★

  • The Straight Story

    ★★★★★

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

  • Brooklyn

    ★★★½

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

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

    Minor spoilers ahead.
    Like many across the globe, I’m a huge fan of films IV, V, VI - watching and re-watching them on worn out videos as a little girl, as the epic battles and love stories played out on screen. Then came the disappointment of the prequels, but then the glimmers of hope, as news started to creep out about Episode 7. A trusted director on board with JJ Abrahams, who had reworked Star Trek into a new shape…

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    ★★★½

    I left the screening of Brooklyn confused, feeling like I was reacting against it in some way. And I wasn’t sure why. Did I like it? I wasn’t sure. Did I hate it? I don’t think so. Walking through the back streets of Soho and Oxford Circus, heading for the tube, I passed through the familiar London landscape in conversation about the film; on my left a Soho underwear shop, with it’s stiffed-limbed blindfolded mannequins in the window, turning into…

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  • About Time

    About Time

    ½

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

    A lazy, lazy film, with all the usual Richard Curtis tropes (the kooky sister is called KitKat and has purple bits in her hair.....), this one also shoehorns in random jokes about the Chinese and an incredibly laboured, incredibly offensive ‘aren’t women silly, they try on lots of outfits whilst a man stands by in exasperation offering no insightful comments at all and then she only goes and wears the first dress she tried on anyway - DOH!’ montage. We…

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    ★★★★½

    I have never seen a period film set on a ship quite like this. From the opening visuals, the film eases you in to life on board HMS Surprise, taking time to unfold characters, plots and an understanding of what's going on. The viewer is left to watch and interpret the speech, practices and actions of the ships crew, until they become familiar and the audience has got their own sea legs.

    And what a treat it is to be…