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  • The Secret Land

    The Secret Land

    ★★★

    Plenty of amazing footage, though it's been crushed by the strict narrative and unrelenting tone of optimism about can-do Americans (even when we hear about deaths near the end, it still feels oddly upbeat). One can't expect too much of a 1940s nature documentary, which is ultimately what this is, but it's still hard not to wish that the footage was allowed to speak for itself more.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★½

    Not quite as effortlessly sweet and charming as its predecessor, with a more laborious plot. And while Hugh Grant makes a delightful kids' movie villain, he's no Nicole Kidman. Regardless, this is a wonderful, gentle, uplifting thing, maybe even more overtly kind and loving than the first one, without sacrificing any of its "Wes Anderson for little people" aesthetic. A perfect, warming film for a winter's night.

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  • Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    Because nobody was around to stop me, that's why.

  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    ★★★½

    A bone-chilling ending with a pretty solid film leading up to it - a rare horror film in that it grows more disquieting as it starts to make more sense what the hell is going on. It's at least two lead performances away from being more than an impressive exercise in atmospheric control (nobody in the film is a particular stand-out, but Emma Roberts and Lucy Boynton both feel like voids where the film needs stronger presences), and it's definitely…