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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★

    An adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel, previously adapted for BBC television as a three-part, three-hour mini-series.

  • Assassin's Creed

    Assassin's Creed

    ★★

    The historical action convinces, but the wraparound story is a ludicrously misjudged distraction.

    * I have never played the source game, or any other video game.

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  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★

    Superior, low-key, grown-up science fiction that prioritises ideas and emotion over futuristic set-dressing. Time travel plot is spoiler-bait. Good performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and the ever-wonderful Jeff Daniels. Writer/director Rian Johnson borrows from other sci-fi movies, but makes their ideas and images his own.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★

    An absurdly over-praised, trite and manipulative love story featuring a manic depressive (Bradley Cooper) and a young grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence). There are some cute scenes involving dancing.

    Like Paul Haggis's Crash before it, this is one of those films which, in years to come, will be cited as an embarrassing, over-hyped anomaly on the Oscar roll of honour. Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve her Best Actress gong, and the nominations for her, Cooper, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver…