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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★

    Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is the only really big movie to soldier through the pandemic and be released in cinemas during the most lucrative time of the year. Others like Black Widow, No Time to Die and Mulan all were either pulled back to later in the year or released on a streaming service. Rightly or wrongly, Tenet went ahead with its release with many cinema chains banking on Nolan being so in demand people (some) will go out to their…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    The Vietnam war was the first televised war for Americans. Granted, Americans could see the horrors of the Second War World in newsreels, but for the first time horrific images of the victims of war was beamed directly into the home of every American with a television set. It’s one of the many reasons why the anti-war crowd was so strong and numerous and their clashes with the heavy-handed police so vicious.

    Another interesting aspect of the Vietnam War was…

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  • Rocks

    Rocks

    ★★★½

    Making effective use of handheld cinematography, Rocks feels like a truly authentic tale of youth friendships and struggles in London. The use of snapchat and Instagram to capture familiar parts of London, such as trains and recognisable streets that aren’t St Pauls, Oxford Street or Trafalgar Sqaure, helps the film feel more authentic and grounded. Powered by a superb Bukky Bakray central performance, Rocks is a moving and engaging experience.

  • Ministry of Fear

    Ministry of Fear

    ★★★★

    An atmospheric, shadowy, suspenseful and paranoid (you never know who to trust) war time spy thriller that can easily find itself in the careless talk costs lives genre popular in Britain. Lang brings his experience of German expressionism (that séance scene is stunningly shot) and combines it with a very American noir spy thriller to make a cracking wartime thriller.

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  • A Fall from Grace

    A Fall from Grace

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Jasmine has got to be the worst lawyer in movie history...

  • Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask

    Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask

    The film’s promotional material made much of the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan, two legends of action cinema, were in the same movie which is a sequel to a film, Viy (2014), nobody heard of. Anyway the sequel is a movie of many names (it’s called Viy 2: Journey to China or Journey to China: The Mystery of the Iron Mask or simply The Iron Mask) and sees Jason Flemyng’s cartographer return to far East Russia only to…