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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    How do you give 6 stars?

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★★

    Everything Damien Chazelle touches turns to gold, and I’m starting to think that’s no coincidence. The astounding authenticity and meticulous attention to detail here showcase just how passionate and committed this young director is to his craft. Gosling is an understated force, his impressive range allowing him to nail every aspect of Armstrong’s character; pain, despair and apathy, through to resilience, focus and ultimately, fulfilment.  I’ve never been to space, but I feel like I have now, thanks to the…

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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    Kudos to Spike Lee for bringing this unbelievable story to life with a masterful injection of humour and a big ol’ slap in the face to remind us all that this shit is still happening today. Things get heavy at times, of course, but the top-drawer performances of John David Washington and Adam Driver deliver on either end of the spectrum, nailing both tension and comedy and making this simultaneously entertaining and eye-opening.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    I’m trying really hard not to be swayed by the absolutely stunning soundtrack here, and objectively consider all aspects of this film. But it’s sooooo hard when the songs are this beautiful! I was really impressed with Bradley Cooper’s work here, both in front of and behind the camera, in particular the way he frames Gaga, how he utilises her commanding presence, and indeed, his best acting here comes from a deep-rooted, genuine respect and admiration for the woman opposite…