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  • Peter Rabbit

    Peter Rabbit

    ★★★

    Diverting enough family movie that's neither as funny or charming as it thinks it is. Considering the money that must have gone into it - and the obvious commercial potential - it's a shame they didn't put more effort into the script.

  • The High and the Mighty

    The High and the Mighty

    ★★½

    Bloated forerunner of the 70s disaster movies sees washed up John Wayne helping an uptight Robert Stack keep his nerve when their plane develops engine trouble. A seemingly endless series of flashbacks for each of the dull passengers on-board derails any chance of tension or suspense.

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  • The Invisible Man Returns

    The Invisible Man Returns

    ★★★

    The Invisible Man Reappears would seem to be a more appropriate title but, as Claude Rains’ character failed to survive past the first movie’s end credits, a new character must relive his ordeal. Step forward a young Vincent Price, whose tones are even more distinctive than his predecessors, and who descends into madness with camp flamboyance. He’s supported by a decent cast that is led by Cedric Hardwicke and Cecil Kellaway, two thorns either side of the rosy Nan Grey,…

  • The Goddess

    The Goddess

    ★★★★

    A young mother and prostitute does whatever she must to ensure her little boy receives a good education.

    The kind of movie that would be a melodramatic tear-jerker in the hands of a Hollywood director is given a much more naturalistic feel by Yonggang Wu. Lingyu Ruan, a year before she committed suicide at the age of 24, gives a performance of immense strength and nuance, while Zhizhi Zhang is full of malign cheer as the bullying pimp who takes over her life. Great movie that overcomes the generic nature of its story to deliver a real emotional experience.