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  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★½

    Touching Pixar animated movie themed on Mexico's Day of the Dead. It's beautifully animated and the Afterlife is fantastically realised.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★½

    Incredibly enjoyable. One of Hitchcock's best. Advertising man (Carey Grant) is mistaken for a secret agent and is pursued by villains and cops across America. Some truly memorable scenes: the hero chased by cropduster, hilarity in an auction house, chase down Mt Rushmore. James Mason and Martin Landau are brilliantly cast as baddies. Odd sudden ending, though - as if there was no need to add a final scene.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    So awful. This is a Crystal Skull!

    I groaned over and over at the poor plot decisions and cheap humour.  This is very close in tone to the Prequels. 

    At the end I really expected the little boy to climb on his broom and fly off accompanied by the Harry Potter theme.

    Terrible movie.


    EDIT: I waited until I saw the reviews and I’m astonished to see the positively gushing GotG2-like reviews everywhere (which get qualified much later). When my…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Compelling throughout. Wonderful performances and SFX. Music appeared to be a more ambient echo of Vangelis rather than asserting itself - but worked very well.

    My reservations are that the creators attempted to cram far too much conceptually into the film (which was incedibly interesting) to the detriment of the plot, which I think struggled. There was a flat tone to the movie which reflected the character of the replicant blade runner, K. The director certainly knows how to build…