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  • The Aviator's Wife

    The Aviator's Wife

    ★★★

    Rather like watching coverage of a sporting contest all the way through, from the preamble right the way to the copious post-match discussion. That is not to posit that an Éric Rohmer film consisting of people talking in rooms is flawed by design; far from it. It was merely the case that, while the film’s ‘main event’ sequence was a thrilling, constantly evolving pleasure trip so hilarious in places that the house was disturbed by my cackling, the more static…

  • Where Angels Fear to Tread

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    ★★★½

    A pacy period drama which covered up some of the cracks in its characterisation by bowling along and looking askance neither at tragedy nor at comedy. The generally high standard of the acting had a hand also.
    The two aforementioned zig-zagging cracks were Harriet and Gino, each of whom was lacking in a dimension or two which might well have resulted in a yet more engaging and yet more heart-wrenching picture. Harriet was a tetchy, rancorous snob, and that was…

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★½

    A terrible film, made by people whose fundamental failure to grasp even the basics of motion picture composition left one seething. Lying at the putrescent core of the film’s insulting inconsequentiality was a failure to establish geography. Not one of the film’s principal locations, an antiques shop, a fairground, a camper van, had a scope or a scale, or the coherence of place necessary for the viewer to be transported. The rapid cuts between close frames shot from wildly varied…

  • Age Of Kill

    Age Of Kill

    ★½

    There was a moment in Age of Kill when a police officer appeared to be taking a statement from a witness to a double murder. Peculiarly, the witness proceeded to spout lines along the order of 'make sure this area is cordoned off; we can't afford to miss a single piece of evidence'. It still took some time for it to dawn on me that this witness was in fact the lead detective working on the case. Anouska Mond's jaw-droppingly…