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  • Boyhood
  • Parasite
  • Back to the Future
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  • Hustle

    ★★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★½

  • Reversing Roe

    ★★★★

  • Southpaw

    ★★★★

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  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

    Waking to the news this morning of the passing of Ray Liotta was an incredible shock. A formidable presence on our screens, Ray was often cast as the omnipresent ‘Bad Guy’, but to me, he was that familiar, rugged face, brilliant blue-eyed, rough around the edges, the guy with a heart of gold who will be greatly missed. I watched Goodfellas in memory of the big guy today. Henry Hill, the right-hand man to the most influential New York crime…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

    "What is the Matrix?" "What is real?"

    What if our world was not the world as we know it but a virtual reality created by Artificial Intelligence. So goes the premise of the movie known as The Matrix. When released, the series broke many boundaries for the time. Special effects, stunts, the ability to tell a complex story so that the viewer could understand it, and bringing together a stellar cast to tell that story certainly helped.

    After nearly 22…

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  • Hustle

    Hustle

    ★★★½

    Hustle is your standard feel-good sports redemption story. Ex-basketball player Stanley Sugerman (Adam Sandler), turned scout for the NBA, discovers a phenomenal player, playing on the streets of Spain for a side money hustle. What lifts this movie above others of its genre are the excellent performances. Adam Sandler is a real surprise here. These serious roles with just a wink of humour really suit him. Juancho Hernangómez is an actor I had never heard of. It's no surprise as…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★½

    I knew Everything Everywhere All At Once was going to be a wild ride! I mean, it's The Daniels. It's to be expected!

    The score is heavenly, and the subtle addition of lyrics and multiple versions of "Absolutely (Story of A Girl)", the 2000 hit from the band Nine Days, is whacko, fun! Michelle Yeoh is one of the most beautiful and talented women working in movies today. She is The Everything here! I loved seeing Ke Huy Quan on screen.…

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    I tried to avoid reading any giveaway reviews on this one. However, I did note the varied range of ratings.

    Things I loved:

    Anya Taylor-Joy (insert sound of angels singing😍)
    The fashion and 60s styling. Gob smackingly good!
    The music, the music, the music!
    The oh-so-clever effects. Brilliant.
    The couple of jump scares were really good.

    Things I didn’t like:

    While her acting was great, Thomasin McKenzie’s accent was all over the show or was it just me?
    Many of…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★★

    At the centre of The Father are two stunning performances from Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman and a heart crushingly haunting story, thoughtfully written and directed by Florian Zeller. The cinematography is glorious, and the editing (something I wouldn’t usually mention unless it was bad) is just sublime.

    Deservedly winning in two categories at the 93rd Academy Awards, Best Actor for Sir Anthony Hopkins and Florian Zeller for Best Adapted Screenplay. A prequel is planned, again to be directed by Zeller, with Hopkins reprising his role. If you haven’t seen The Father, you absolutely should!