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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★½

    I watched this film almost three weeks ago and I've kept from reviewing this until now because I couldn't really deal with how ambivalent this film left me, and I feel let down by my ineloquence because this film, and the conflict it caused in me, are worth analysing.

    I adore that poster, how her autograph, this carefully-composed branded extension of self, wraps around her like a harness. I think that poster is the perfect extension of what this film…

  • Trance

    Trance

    ★★★★½

    Oh, Germany.

    One of the most moving parts about the Channel 4 'Don't Call Me Crazy'-documentary series on a teenage psychiatric ward in Manchester, was a night nurse who said that being a teenager was a kind of madness of itself, and that it could only get worse if you added in some underlying mental problems. This film more than proves that teenage hormones are worse than the devil.

    I stumbled upon this film while compiling my list of groupies…

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  • I Feel Pretty

    I Feel Pretty

    ★★★½

    I'm just going to go ahead and say I had a really great time with this. It benefits from great casting (Aidy! Busy! Michelle! Sasheer! Lauren! Etc!) and I do feel it has its heart in the right place. While the premise can easily fuel outrage, the script is actually a lot funnier.

    While I found 'Trainwreck' a little disappointing upon first watch, it's become one of my go-to comfort films. I love the low-key realism of the romance, and…

  • Forever My Girl

    Forever My Girl

    ★★★

    Confession time: I've been reading a bucket-load of romantic novels over the summer. I was always afraid to read them because I felt I had to read "proper" literature, but I've always been a lover of fan fiction so this feels like a natural next step. The most interesting thing about romance fiction to me is how you step into another person's fantasies.

    In terms of comparing and contrasting my romantic fantasies to those of others, this film - based…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★★

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film is better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…