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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★

    So much to love and admire about this movie, but ultimately the characters just didn’t move me and I didn’t care what happened to them. A movie that was much less than the sum of its parts.

  • The Eagle Huntress

    The Eagle Huntress

    ★★★★

    Captivating. What an incredible story and the young girl’s smile is worthy of five stars alone! Such an incredible insight into a totally alien way of life.  The voice over left me cold and there were some odd directorial choices. This could so easily have been five stars. Despite this the story is so enthralling that it ensures it’s a must watch.

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  • Frida

    Frida

    ★★★½

    I knew nothing about Frida Kahlo and so found this movie fascinating  - but it left me wanting to learn more about her. Reading around it seems that as enjoyable as the movie was it only captured certain elements of Frida’s life. The focus was determinedly on her romantic relationships  - and mainly her heterosexual encounters. A missed opportunity to explore the life of a fascinating woman. Nevertheless some captivating performances and beautifully imagined scenes.

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★½

    This movie is about the importance of freedom of the press in a democracy, specifically the publishing of leaked classified documents which reveal how a succession of US presidents have lied to the American people about the decision making surrounding the Vietnam war. This was fascinating to me -  it’s an area of recent history that I know little about - and would have made for a fascinating documentary, but was much less convincing as a movie. 
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