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  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool


    The dramatized memoir of a young actor you’ve never heard of, it’s hard to believe a story as unlikely but charming as Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is based on real life – but a quick internet search for “Gloria Grahame” put my ignorance to shame and served to underscore the true beauty of the love affair depicted.

    Peter Turner (played at age 26 by Billy Elliot’s Jamie Bell) was an aspiring theatre actor living in a London boarding…

  • Downsizing



    Alexander Payne is a great writer-director (both The Descendants and Sideways won him Oscars) with a flair for smart ideas and strong characterisation. His latest, Downsizing, has to be one of the most brilliant story conceits in years.

    But the movie which starts with incredible promise and is utterly engrossing then morphs inexplicably into a completely different film halfway through. And so here we are, disappointed and bewildered, reading a three-star review.

    Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig are effortlessly fantastic…

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  • Bad Genius

    Bad Genius


    Principally a fascinating insight into how you can cheat at exams, this gloriously over-produced actioner succeeds in making intellectualism as exciting to watch as car chases and explosions. The central actress (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying) is gorgeous to watch, and her talent makes up for the caricatured silliness of her wealthy counterparts. But mainly, it's a blast in the spirit of "21" (but better) by a filmmaker clearly schooled on Scorsese.

  • Patti Cake$

    Patti Cake$


    <3 Love love love. <3

    PATTI CAKE$ is one of those against-the-odds movies where a perfectly-cast protagonist (here, Australian Danielle Macdonald totally owns the screen, whether she's dropping sick rhymes or showing nuanced compassion) has to battle financial, emotional and familial challenges in the pursuit of a dream (to become a successful rapper).

    And while you might feel cynical about a plot like this, frankly you'd have to be a bit of a dick not to love love love Macdonald…