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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Gregory's Girl
  • Bad Timing

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  • Fire Island

    ★★★½

  • The Martha Mitchell Effect

    ★★★½

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★½

  • Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story

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  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    ★★★★★

    Harry Belafonte's Ralph Burton is trapped down a mine, but no one comes to save him. When he's struggled to find a way out, he finds the world empty. No one around, cars deserted with the doors wide open, no radio. In the most endearing case of exposition I've ever witnessed, he finds a newspaper with a stark headline: the world is ending. Glad they got that final edition in.

    From an abandoned town in Pennsylvania, Ralph makes his way…

  • We Think the World of You

    We Think the World of You

    ★★★½

    Affecting, understated drama about middle-aged Frank, twentysomething Johnny, and an Alsatian. Frank is called one day by Johnny's pregnant wife to say Johnny is in prison after being caught breaking into a house.

    Frank visits Johnny in a holding cell, where it becomes clear they were once romantically involved. Johnny tearfully begs Frank to take care of his beloved dog, Evie, but Frank worries about the care dogs require, making it clear he is not able to care for Evie…

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  • Fire Island

    Fire Island

    ★★★½

    Sweet, funny and entertaining, this was a little ray of sunshine in a profoundly depressing weekend. I loved how this took the idea of the-friend-group-as-family and combined that with Pride and Prejudice, with all of the friends taking on the role of a Bennett.

    I really enjoyed the banter between the group, but the Pride and Prejudice-subplot felt a little forced when it came to the hemming and hawing between Noah and Will. The arc of enemies-to-lovers has been done…

  • The Martha Mitchell Effect

    The Martha Mitchell Effect

    ★★★½

    Great to see this pop up on Netflix, that floral arrangement spelling out 'Martha was right' is one of the better political artefacts of the 20th century.

    Somewhat embarrassed to admit I mostly know about Martha Mitchell from this excellent bit of 'Drunk History' starring the ever-wonderful Vanessa Bayer.

    At 40 minutes long, for those familiar with the story of Watergate and/or Nixon's presidency, this will not tell you anything new, but it is a story that is worth telling,…

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  • Tall Girl

    Tall Girl

    ★★★

    This is getting massively shat upon on Letterboxd, but I loved this. I grew up tall - had to undress yearly in front of "growth doctors" to make sure I didn't grow uncomfortably tall - was always in the same spot in school photos, next to the teacher - was always sat in the back in class because I needed a bigger desk - have worn European size 44 shoes since age 12 - have never learned to walk in…

  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's rare for me to revisit a film and actually bump up its rating. I watched this film many, many times as a teenager because I loved Winona, had it on VHS, and I related to the film in some ways. Also, just really loved the songs and look of the film.

    Only now do I realise how special a film it really was.

    Just as I mentioned in my review for How Stella Got Her Groove Back, the release…