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  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    We have a new word. I reckon the word 'Aquaman' can be safely added to the English language lexicon, so that it will now forever stand for a whole new thing.

    Who invents new words, and how? What rules govern their formation? And what determines whether they catch on?

    We all know there's lots of words in other languages that have no equivalence in English. There's the German word Schaedenfreude which means to take joy in the suffering and misfortune…

  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    I so wanted this to work - after all the man’s a genius, isn’t he? But it just doesn’t. It’s a yawn.

    Beautiful cinematography, exquisite music, grand scale with stunning sets, always quirky and often bordering on the bizarre. So Terry Gilliam.

    ‘Do you want anything else?’
    ‘Better writing ability, apparently....’

    Says it all.

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  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★

    I can’t believe Redford would be proud of this as his swan song. The script for the Old Man & the Gun is simple and formulaic, demanding little more than a sleepwalk from any of its cast of celebrities. Such a disappointing curtain call for a once great actor.

    Unhappily the old man bows out with a cliched yawn.

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    ½

    Tony Erdmann has been described as a tenderly funny film, as a ‘German comedy with bite’. It’s not.

    Is more than one version of this awfulness doing the rounds? This is one of those times when I feel I must have been sitting in another theatre watching something completely different to what other people claim to have seen.

    Tony Erdmann is a sad and lonely father who wants to get closer to his daughter, a very busy and struggling modern…