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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    In my own words, I was "abnormally excited" about seeing the sequel to a movie that I completely adore. All the ingredients were there: a story and script by Hampton Fancher; cinematography by Roger Deakins; and direction by Denis Villeneuve, who last captured my heart and mind with the brilliant 'Arrival'. And, to cap it all, Ridley Scott wasn't directing! What could go wrong?

    Well, very little, to be honest. Admirably, Villeneuve isn't afraid to take his good time to…

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    Thrilling, funny, smart and, in parts, scary. A really enjoyable horror/comedy/coming-of-age ensemble piece that has the right amount of each ingredient to make it a must watch.

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  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★★★

    I went into Zootopia expecting to be entertained, at the very least. After all, that's what Disney is expert at, right?  But I came out of the cinema with a new-found enthusiasm for what the genre can deliver, which is more than I ever expected. 

    Firstly, the CGI is astonishing. It's not as photorealistic as the environments (not the characters) in The Good Dinosaur, but the textures and lighting effects in Zootopia have been rendered perfectly. Each scene is absolutely…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    I started writing a long review of this but can't really do it any justice. So, here are some thoughts:

    It's so very tense, from start to finish, never really letting up.

    It's not gratuitously violent but at the same time it doesn't hold back.

    Nolan structures the movie with an ingenious temporal trick that works beautifully.

    The aerial dogfights are astonishingly tense and beautifully shot.

    The performances are uniformly excellent. Even from that geezer from Wand Erection.

    The music…