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  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    ★★½

    Ooh, now then. This film was eagerly anticipated by an 11-year-old me, who had seen the first film at the cinema on more than one occasion, and who had read the novel on which this film was loosely based.

    The introduction of new animals was welcome, and the fundamental story - one of a different island and its facilities and all that - played nicely into the lore of the Jurassic Park universe. But the casting and dialogue all feels…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    Quite hard to review a film like this objectively, but damn the scale of the thing is stunning. That being said, one thing that struck me as the helicopter clears the island, and the sheer size of the park and its infrastructure are fresh in your mind, is how relatively small the cast is - particularly when it comes to those running the park. And yet, it feels like the right scale for the film.

    Anyway, all that aside, this…

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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★★

    I can't get over how beautiful this film looks. Every shot is a stunner, and some of the lighting effects and textures are so hyper-realistic. As a narrative it moves along at a fast clip, and as a sci-fi (ish) film, I only got confused like twice. The gravity of the allusion to the 2011 earthquake hit hard but was dealt with very carefully. And can we talk about the wonderful plot device of keeping diaries on a smartphone? I…

  • A Man Called Ove

    A Man Called Ove

    ★★★★

    Heartwarming, sweet, and quirky. Some quite shallow characterisations but nothing too detrimental.