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  • Emma.

    Emma.

    ★★★

    Emma. is, at times, mildly inexplicable. The unnecessary full stop in the title. The gratuitous shot of Johnny Flynn's naked behind. The casting of the irrepressible Tanya Reynolds as Mrs Elton, rather than as Harriet Smith. So I can only conclude that with this take, Autumn de Wilde has not pulled a Gerwig and breathed new life into a dogeared treasure. Still, with costume pressed into service as a device to define both social and emotional status, it's also not…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    In Civil War, the Russos have built on a strong foundation to produce what is unquestionably one of the finer examples of a superhero ensemble movie that we’ve seen yet. Their power lies in something deceptively simple yet often missed in blockbuster franchises which is telling a story: thoroughly, engagingly – above all, emotionally. 

    The First Avenger stretched the origin story out in a way that no other MCU film has – think of Tony’s suit building that’s practically a pre-credit sequence…