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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★★

    Damn, that Bradley Cooper is one talented guy!

    Such confidence in direction. Full of close-ups that initial grate yet turn quickly into compelling, gut and heart wrenching moments and draw you so deeply into the performances. The way he chooses to stage the concert footage in particular is so kinetic.

    It doesn't hurt that he has the songs to go with it too. I could see the soundtrack turning into a classic. There's gonna be Oscars here for sure.

    Yes,…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Utterly thrilling. Easily the film of the summer. Both entertaining and technically magnificent.

    Christopher McQuarrie has marshalled a remarkable team effort here. Sure, Cruise is the star and what he does here defies the expectations you could have of any 56 year old man! He literally throws himself into every scene - both big and small.

    His contribution though, impressive as it is, wouldn't have as much impact without the support of the off-camera crew. Just think for a moment,…

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  • La Vie en Rose

    La Vie en Rose

    ★★★★

    If ever there was an example of an actor smashing their way onto an international stage, then Coitiard's work here is the one to note. Her transformation is extraordinary. Helped in no small part by excellent makeup but it's much more than that. The expressions and mannerisms are exceptional. The film's structure perhaps isn't entirely spot on but this otherwise a marvellous biopic of a life not previously well known (outside of France at least).

  • Whitney

    Whitney

    ★★★★½

    Heartbreakingly tragic but Whitney's story is told in a surprisingly frank way by those closest to her.

    This pulls together incredible footage and accounts from the majority of her surviving family members whom are naturally a little cagey and protective. MacDonald does a great, respectful, job in breaking this down.

    The only regretful absence is Robin Crawford. Her presence would have given a more complete picture of this astonishingly talent yet deeply troubled artist.

    Knowing the inevitable outcome (for her daughter too) makes it impossible not to shed a tear.

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  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    An all round bona-fide British classic. Heart-warmingly funny with a top notch cast and tremendous effects. Could become a Christmas favourite for all the family.

  • Kick-Ass

    Kick-Ass

    ★★★★½

    Still feels fresh. Laugh out loud funny, sends up the genre perfectly, and Cage is excellent.