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  • Despicable Me 3

    Despicable Me 3

    ★★★

    Perfectly serviceable sequel packed full of 80s references and still able to wring some chuckles out of the minions - with nary a fart gag in sight. Designed precisely to raise wry smiles among 40 year old parents and set little ones giggling - so while it doesn't hold up to the surprising joy that was the first DM film, there are certainly worse things to be inevitably forced to watch repeatedly.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    A funny, nostalgically 80s romp bound to please people who grew up with Marty and Ferris. Playing Parker's earnest immaturity against Stark's slowly maturing man-child is cleverly used to bookend a classic coming-of-age story where the lessons come in the form of disintegrating monuments and ferries as much as damaged relationships. Holland is charming and endearingly dopey for one so smart; Zendaya deserved about 74% more air time but is set to steal the sequels. Having the luxury to skip…

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  • 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…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★

    You could be forgiven for assuming that Damien Chazelle has a particular focus on making films about music. In fact, what his blistering debut Whiplash and La La Land actually have more closely in common is that they’re both about commitment and conviction. Which is mildly ironic, as there’s not a lot of that in evidence in the latter.

    Is La La Land a musical or an homage to musicals with occasional musical numbers? Is it about following your dream,…