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  • All About My Mother

    All About My Mother

    ★★★★½

    A gentle and melancholic tale about the struggles of women under adversity, All About My Mother marks a huge step up for legendary Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar, blending his usual witty and ironic stylisations with a new found maturity that pays off handsomely. The director has toyed with a more serious approach before but never before have is efforts created such a strong emotional impact as the story of Manuela (Cecilia Roth) who, after a devastating tragedy, returns to…

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    ★★★½

    Long before remakes were widely heralded as the decline of creativity in cinema, MGM made a new adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s famous theatrical thriller a mere four years after Thorold Dickinson first adapted the play for the big screen. Happily, for the most part, this Gaslight is a much more engaging film. Blessed with a much starrier cast including the great Ingrid Bergman as threatened heiress Paula Alquist, Joseph Cotten as the detective who unpicks the mystery and the then-famous…

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  • Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    ★★

    Presumably aiming to be an old-fashioned epic romance in the vein of Gone with the Wind, Love in the Time of Cholera fills the screen with swooning camera moves and melodramatic actors but tragically cannot boast of even being in the same league. Based on the famous novel by Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the plot revolves around a romantic telegraph boy in South America who fails to hold onto the woman he loves but rather than moping around and…

  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    ★★★★

    Coming off the back of the tremendously successful comic-book adaptations 300 and Watchmen, an animated feature may seem an unusual next move but proved to be an apt fit for the talents of director Zack Snyder. Adapted from the popular series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky, Legend of the Guardians pitches the audience into a world of stunning natural beauty where an epic conflict rages between two different races of owls – the power mad fascistic Pure Ones and…