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  • The Ex

    The Ex

    ★½

    Below-par comedy pitting Zach Braff – a reluctant chef-turned-ad-man and new father – against his new boss, a sly, jealous and obnoxious paraplegic man played by Jason Bateman. It’s the kind of film that at first wryly undercuts the idea that you’re somehow not a real guy if you’re not a financial success but then actually buys into the notion for most of the next 80 minutes or so, somewhat disappointingly. The jokes are weak, by and large, and even the talented assembled cast (included are supporting roles for Amy Adams, Charles Grodin, Mia Farrow, Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen) can’t save it.

  • Kenny

    Kenny

    ★★★

    This documentary about the recently- and deservedly-knighted Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool’s greatest ever player – mostly concentrates on his playing career with the club from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s and subsequent years as manager. The period included masses of silverware and the creation of one of the world’s greatest football teams, but perhaps more significantly also saw the tragedies of Heysel and Hillsborough, the latter of which in particular placed great strain on Dalglish the manager, who with…

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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    Emotionally stirring, striking and heartfelt. I'd have given this five stars but have knocked half off for the awkward, jolting, shoehorned-in Will Oldham monologue (which, to his credit, he does deliver skilfully); it does set up the third act, but I wish the ghost of Casey Affleck had thrown a plate at him 30 seconds in.

  • Triumph of the Will

    Triumph of the Will

    ★★★½

    Had to watch it again. I think the neighbours are starting to get worried.