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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★

    Like that inane episode of filler you invariably have to trudge through before a season finale; tedious, toothless, tortuously uneven. There are some stellar visual compositions, moments of majesty among the mundane, but this rarely feels like it's truly Bayona's film: Trevorrow's steadfast focus on exposition & set-up for the next film - which he's directing, coincidentally - never allowing the story or characters to develop organically... ironic really, given the series' overarching premise.

  • Ibiza

    Ibiza

    ½

    A film so fucking tortuous that my decision to watch it to the end could be best described as an act of filmic flagellation. A flat, faux-feminist gal pal comedy that plays out like ROUGH NIGHT on the tiles.

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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.…