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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    A lovely story of love and family which also seamlessly captures race relations in the US in the 60s; implications which still feel poignant and important to today's culture.

    Regina King is everything.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    I can't remember the last time I was this blown away by an animated movie. It's emotionally resonant, the story is interesting and beyond that, it takes full advantage of animation to be visually unique. It doesn't look, sound or feel like anything else and it's arguably one of the riskiest releases by one of the major studios last year.

  • Adrift

    Adrift

    ★★★½

    Great story of survival. Woodley and Claflin have great chemistry and director Baltasar Kormákur really captures the intimacy of their relationship as well as the drama of survival. The editing is very effective.

  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark

    ★★½

    Love the opening half hour which sets up this great mood and characters but it goes off the rails pretty hard when Alexander Skarsgård gets back to town and it never manages to recover.

    Great performances but the movie is a total mess.

  • The Guilty

    The Guilty

    ★★★½

    The movie which eluded me during its festival run proves to be an excellent thriller. The single location thriller is captivating from the opening scenes and ratchets tension well building into a taut thriller.

    Great direction from Gustav Möller and a top-notch performance from Jakob Cedergren.

  • On the Basis of Sex

    On the Basis of Sex

    ★★★

    Felicity Jones is wonderful as usual and her chemistry with Armie Hammer is very charming and really, all the performances here are good but the movie is just a little underwhelming, especially in the shadow of the excellent doc RBG.

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots

    ★★★★

    At this point, I've seen and read enough about history to know that we can't *really* know what went on between these two great women but the history we can look back on clearly indicates that they were both formidable women at a time when women were regarded as second class citizens - or less.

    Two fantastic performances here - Ronan is particularly good but Robbie, who has a fraction of the screen time - is also quite good and…

  • Bad Reputation

    Bad Reputation

    ★★★½

    Great subject and some fantastic interviews but some of the camera work is terrible and feels like it was shot by someone who has never held a camera in their lives which was distracting but didn't detract from the overall enjoyment factor of this doc which shines a much-deserved light on a superb artist who deserves far more recognition than she has received to date.

  • The Christmas Chronicles

    The Christmas Chronicles

    ★★★½

    Wat better than it has any right to be. Good fun.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★★½

    Super charming. Emily Blunt is very good in the titular role and the music really is very catchy. Good fun.

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★★

    Fantastic performances and I love some of the writing but it doesn't fully work. Feels disjointed and the scenes are kind of just cut together.

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Ralph Breaks the Internet

    ★★★

    Great concept and some of the scenes are really fantastic - I particularly love the internet city concept. Good fun.