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  • A Woman's Life

    A Woman's Life

    ★★★★

    An extraordinarily powerful film. The fragmented telling occasionally jars, but never detracts from the formal emotive honesty of Judith Chemla's remarkable central performance, which chronicles the harsh realities of living life as a woman in a world consumed by patriarchal privilege.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    Every bit the self-congratulatory, pop culture wankfest I assumed it would be... BUT, I got to see Mechagodzilla fight the Iron Giant and it was awesome, so who gives a shit??!?

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  • Café Society

    Café Society

    ★★★

    What charms us are the cast. Jesse Eisenberg tactfully embodies the awkward magnetism we fondly remember being an intrinsic part of Allen’s own persona in the likes of Annie Hall and Manhattan, without ever lapsing into impersonation: the director’s wonderfully witty dialogue brilliantly brought to life through Bobby’s edgy demeanour. But it’s Kristen Stewart, an actress unfairly dismissed by many as simply having a sulky screen presence, who captivates. It’s a performance that’s subtle, never sullen. Vonnie’s level-headed intelligence and…

  • 24 Weeks

    24 Weeks

    ★★★★½

    As it was in her first feature Two Mothers, the crux of Berrached’s film is the exploration of how women choose to live their lives. In this case, it’s the study of someone forced to confront a major moral quandary for which there is no simple solution. And crucially, the writer/director never volunteers one. 24 Weeks has no easy answers to the questions it poses because, as it makes clear, there aren’t any – a formative lesson for us all.…