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  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★½

    For twenty years Disney and Pixar have collaborated on a conveyor line of animated classics, though until Coco the distinction between a core Disney film and a Pixar production was clear. However, in Coco we get something that feels like an instant Disney classic, infused with Pixar's ingenuity and innovation.

    Pixar have an incredible ability to dilute the most complex concepts and make them both entertaining and palatable for the whole family. Coco is no different, using the Day of…

  • Annabelle: Creation

    Annabelle: Creation

    ★★½

    Falling within the Conjuring universe, this prequel tells the story behind haunted doll Annabelle's origin. Set approximately 12 years prior to Annabelle, the film ties in well with its predecessors, both in tone and narrative but is noticeably gorier than you would perhaps expect.

    However, if you're looking for something legitimately frightening you won't find it here. It utilises the now tried and tested conventions that make for an aesthetically pleasing horror, but no longer a scary one. This is…

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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    The latest movie in Ridley Scott's Alien franchise - a prequel to the first and a sequel to the last - is arguably his finest achievement. Helped in part by the visual possibilities available now, which by far dwarf his equally innovative efforts of the first Alien in the 1980s, Covenant packs a visceral punch whilst delivering a movie that fits seamlessly into the chronology.

    Michael Fassbender returns as the robot with a motive, keeping at least one cast constant…

  • Nerve

    Nerve

    ★★★

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

    A few years ago a low budget horror-thriller was produced called Would You Rather. The premise was simple - take a bunch of people desperate for cash and force them to complete increasingly diabolical acts for larger cash rewards. There's a natural narrative arc, but you get exactly what it says on the tin.

    Nerve is built up in much the same way, but even my girlfriend (who is annoyingly talented at guessing plot twists) failed to see this one…