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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★

    These movies are so weird to me. I think I enjoyed this a little less than 'Before Sunrise', mainly due to the iffy moral implications of our "hero's" actions. Nonetheless, this is a perfect example of a grower. I started off frustrated with the characters' inane chit-chat, desperate for them to GET TO THE DAMN POINT, but of course that is exactly what was intended. The movie doesn't cheat you, (eventually) taking the characters to the places they need to…

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    ★★★★★

    This was an exhilarating Technicolor adventure. It really impressed me with its surprisingly modern pace, gorgeous visuals and relentless sense of fun. I was just as entertained and charmed by it as I imagine audiences being back in the '30s, and the characters were appealing and easy to root for. I especially liked Olivia de Havilland as Marian - I was pleasantly surprised to find that she had an arc of her own, having her beliefs and assumptions challenged by…

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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★★

    Gorgeous, imaginative, fascinating and fun in all the right ways, I love Jupiter Ascending to pieces. I adore the rich word and mythology the Wachowskis establish here, and find the characters likeable and sympathetic. The film, while obviously truncated from a longer version, reveals itself more fully with subsequent viewings, but is, more importantly, an incredibly exhilarating ride from the get-go. It's a modern-day Labyrinth or Wizard of Oz, and I'm amazed by the level of hate and vitriol directed at it. In short, I had more fun with Jupiter Ascending than I've had at the cinema in years.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    The first film I saw in the cinema in 2019 is the first truly great film I've seen in 2019 - not bad given that we're only four days in.

    I was rather ... nervous as I went into this. My only previous Lanthimos film was 'Killing of a Sacred Deer', which I had a viscerally negative reaction to. However, I went to see this because everything else about it was hugely appealing - I love the cast (Colman, Weisz…