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  • Octavio Is Dead

    Octavio Is Dead

    ★★★

    Fair play to Octavio is Dead!, in every single narrative beat, with each curious plot twist, it strives for a sincere originality. Singularity is an increasingly rare commodity in cinema, even at the micro-budget end; why risk novelty when you could churn out the same old genre pleasures to audiences seemingly and simply eager for the reassuringly familiar (I know I am - although one of the reasons I loved the new Jurassic Park was the bizarre attempts to revitalise…

  • Ocean's 8

    Ocean's 8

    ★★★½

    When it comes to remakes, they don’t come much more popular than Ocean's Eleven. Steven Soderbergh's 2001 all-star blockbuster caper was a huge hit upon its release; the majority of audiences unaware that the story of cons coming together for One Big Job ™ was originally a Rat Pack vehicle back in the '60s with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin trading quips and robbing the rich. Such was its success that it spawned two sequels: the bizarrely meta throw-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-at-the-screen-and-see-what-happens Ocean's…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★

    Spectre is like one of those boutique magazines you find in hotel rooms and on passenger planes. It's printed on glossy paper, immaculately designed and packed with appealing products, but devoid of engaging content.

    Read the review by Eric Hillis

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    As early as its customary opening crawl, I began to have a bad feeling about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In what plays like a dig at the current leader of the free world (who was pictured earlier this year watching Rogue One on Air Force One), the word 'RESISTANCE' appears in upper-case letters, an early worrying sign that real world, outside forces may be intruding on this most endearingly innocent of escapist worlds.

    This is nothing new of course…