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  • Daddy's Home 2

    ★½

  • Toni Erdmann

    ★★★★½

  • Office Christmas Party

    ★★

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★½

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  • Daddy's Home 2

    Daddy's Home 2

    ★½

    Offers very little of merit that I could remember 2 months later.

    Daddy's Home is not offensively bad, but it is wholly forgettable. While it might offer some smirk-worthy romp towards its end, the core messages, already overcooked, are so deeply buried under sickly, desperate manchild humour that the film doesn’t land at all.

    I know these are Christmas films and it's actually my fault for not either being occupied by a toddler or in another dimension following my 30th mulled wine (that's counting bottles, not mugs), but I still feel we should expect better.

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    ★★★★½

    Is it though? Is it too long?

    Maybe the runtime is unforgivable for such a (gorgeously) understated story, but I never once felt like anything or anyone was outstaying their welcome. I'm often troubled by reviews of films which rely on simple adjudications of length as the basis for criticism; it's usually a pretty clear sign that the author doesn't actually have anything to say.

    Your mileage with Toni Erdmann's 160 minutes will depend entirely on that most central of…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★

    HERE WE FUCKIN GO

    It took nearly 24 long years but I finally caved in to pressure and took this beast on.

    First of all, for all the fans who may quite rightly be absolutely appalled by what they'll read the next few weeks, let's set the groundwork:

    1. Yes I truly have never seen a Star Wars film, barring a very vague memory of some dude falling in lava from when I was a wee lad. Was pretty gnarly,…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★

    An unsurprising case of the age-old problem wherein a film has such a distractingly huge reputation that its fails to land anywhere close to where it's placed by those who grew up with it.

    Granted, I'm in the middle of the personal-cultural no-man's-land that is childless adulthood wherein I've no nostalgia of my own for this film to doolally about with like a cherub in a bath-tub nor my own cherub to enjoy it with, but I was still left…