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  • Kingdom of Us

    Kingdom of Us

    ★★★★★

    A mournful rumination on the grief and optimism of a family unit that has been left broken by loss; simply extraordinary!

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    Right, so, BLADE RUNNER 2049... It was a bit... Well it was sorta... What I mean to say is it was kinda... Oh fuck it, it was bloody long, wasn't it!?!

    The first 80-odd minutes are, at times, excruciatingly obtuse. And about as speedy as an oversubscribed dial-up broadband connection. The final movement, though, is enthralling: Villeneuve fusing the film's fierce spectacle with heart-pounding thrills. Indeed, at times it's so staggering that you forget the plot doesn't make any sense,…

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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.…