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  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★½

    Sure, it's as clunky as heck but it's also massively entertaining. Space opera spectacle with a fresh and luminous coat of paint.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    Unflinching, complex and thrilling big-money filmmaking, which is of course why it underperformed at the box-office.

    Well, that and Dunkirk.

    And the staggered release.

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

    A wonderful character drama with two remarkable central performances. Equally hilarious and touching, Lost In Translation is a study of two people who have lost their place in the world. Whilst staying in Tokyo, Bill Murray's washed up Hollywood star and Scarlett Johansson's married too young philosophy graduate bond as a result of their isolation and being out of place in a foreign city.

    The wandering early stages of the film and its leisured pace help to convey the loneliness…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★½

    Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an extraordinary film, both in its conception and its execution. In a world of ballooning budgets and opening weekend projections, a film like Boyhood shouldn’t exist, but thankfully it does and the end product is an endlessly fascinating and rewarding experience.

    Boyhood follows Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up in Texas with his elder sister Samantha(Lorelai Linklater) and his separated parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) over 12 years, from early childhood to the…