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Note: no spoilers for Widow, but I've assumed you've watched everything else.
We're used to Marvel movies with a job to do: add a new hero to the roster, connect franchises, wrap up a phase. Black Widow instead fills in an omission. It takes place in a brief lull between Avengers outings, just after Captain America: Civil War, which immediately curtails its scope. That's a choice Cate Shortland runs with, crafting something that feels a lot closer to a…
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…
A sweetly rambling, wryly funny and incisive little gem, drawing the best out of much of its cast, particularly Hoffman and Sandler, who tease out every awkward unsaid word in Baumbach’s script. It has ample flaws; Emma Thompson, glorious as she is, never quite convinces as a batty American drunk and the three main female characters are in general less richly drawn than the men, largely serving to deliver plot points or be an illustration of the impact of the…