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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★

    I was so gutted when I got to the end of this and realised that the boredom I'd started to feel towards the middle had never ended.

    Like most people, the first two stories in this were my favourite - not an ideal situation - but I wouldn't have minded if a few more tales had held my attention throughout. Instead, I felt a definite clash of really enjoying the first 40 minutes, and then being completely 'meh' for the…

  • Adrift

    Adrift

    ★★★

    A solid adventure movie with two incredibly likeable and strong central characters, played commendably by Sam Claflin and a stand out performance from Shailene Woodley.

    The film never gets dull, mainly due to the jumping backwards and forwards in time - which usually gets on my nerves when we're taken away from the action. However in ADRIFT, it feels natural and I loved spending time with these characters both before and during the crisis.

    Where this film lost a bit…

  • Slow West

    Slow West

    ★★★★★

    An absolute masterpiece is born from a simple plot, enhanced by amazing performances, a stunning score and some wonderful cinematography. 

    How is one of the best Westerns I’ve ever seen packed into just 84 minutes?

  • Private Life

    Private Life

    ★★★★

    Moments of dialogue that cut you to pieces, alongside and a well chosen soundtrack and fantastic performances make this a wonderful watch.

    Starting off with some hilarious scenes but gradually descending into the stress and despondency of infertility in a couple desperate to conceive, it's an emotional journey that is led by the amazing Kathryn Hahn and the ever-brilliant Paul Giamatti, with a supporting cast that doesn't miss a beat.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    Great fun, and aesthetically beautiful. There’s some really fun moments in this that shock you as well as make you laugh.

    Unfortunately I felt like it lost its way slightly in the final third, leading to an unsatisfying finale. Until then though, I really enjoyed it and I wish the brilliant style and interesting characters had reached their potential.

  • 47 Meters Down

    47 Meters Down

    ★★★

    Despite the fact the characters had literally no depth (no pun intended), and most of the stuff above the water was pretty cliché and boring, when this really gets going I thought it was scary as hell.

    Incredibly claustrophobic and panic inducing, with two good leads and some brilliant CGI sharks.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★★★★

    One of my least favourites of the franchise, mainly due to its heavy-handedness dealing with parts of the plot that are so important to later events. I can forgive it because J.K Rowling hadn't published any further than The Goblet of Fire by this point, so I'm assuming the writers were entirely relying on her to guide them as to which parts were important.

    The cast, particularly the lead three, begin to come into their own in this instalment but…

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    ★★★★★

    The first entry into the Harry Potter series certainly has its flaws.

    The cast are clearly unprepared, some of the editing is a bit odd, and the pacing feels off - it sometimes speeds through important parts while dwelling too much over throwaway details.

    But the introduction of Harry into the world he has only dreamt of - his exit from a trapped, secluded upbringing, into a story that he is destined to play a huge role in, is overall…

  • Funny Face

    Funny Face

    ★★½

    Amazing nightclub dance scene featuring Audrey Hepburn, and a promising first half. After that, it got a bit dull, but I'm always happy watching people wax lyrical about romantic Paris.

  • Extinction

    Extinction

    Riddled with plot holes and actions scenes that barely manage to hold your attention. Has a twist that, admittedly, I only foresaw parts of, but that hardly holds itself together and seems too complicated for its own good.

    I feel like this movie has potential but completely failed to execute it in an interesting way. Fine for some entertainment if you don’t care about what you watch actually making sense.

  • The Levelling

    The Levelling

    ★★★

    Filmed in a beautiful setting, and kept me watching until the end despite the fact I didn't think it was as effective at showing grief as say, Manchester by The Sea or A Ghost Story.

    The script in places is great, but for some reason I never quite bought into Ellie Kendrick's performance - despite seeing reviews saying she was brilliant. In parts she was certainly great, but overall it seemed a bit too forced. Maybe I expected too much…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★★

    This is my third attempt - the first two times I really struggled to get past the first hour. I loved the style though, and was determined to finish it.

    For some reason, this viewing was completely different. American Honey absolutely captivated me. I was totally engaged and involved with the group. I can't believe this was Sasha Lane's first acting credit because I couldn't take my eyes off her. There wasn't a second of this I didn't believe.

    Some…