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  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★½

    Little flickers of life and heart lost in a boring puffball of bland CG, with designs and ideas culled from everywhere except a singular, bright imagination. Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango) should feel particularly aggrieved.

    The very definition of heavy 'inspiration' from older, better IP leading to a water-treading product of scant originality.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

    I thought this was a hot mess. It had some great things in it - pretty much everything Rey and Luke; some of Kylo's stuff; the choreography of the space battles -which are SO good they rank up there with the best in the series (and where the gushing praise from many journos and pundits is coming, no doubt).

    But a larger proportion of things (slapstick, poor cgi, gaping plot holes, taking a steamroller to the lore, underwritten AND overwritten…

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    Simplicity. If you have to sum up in one word why Casablanca is a classic, this has to be the one. For a film with, by all accounts, such a difficult route to the screen (it was shot sequentially because the script wasn’t finished when filming began) it’s amazing that what we got was so tight, so entertaining and so timeless.

    Although the plot sounds reasonably sophisticated on paper (an American ex-revolutionary battles with his conscience, whilst trying to help…

  • Footloose

    Footloose

    ★½

    “Ok, so the plot is that Kevin Bacon’s character comes to a repressed small town and frees the kids’ sexuality through dance, right?”
    “Um, kinda, but there’s no sex”
    “Really? Ok, so it’s a makeout film then, yeah? Lots of ‘over the clothes’ making-out?”
    “…not really, guy. There’s a lot of half-naked men, if that helps..?”
    “Oh! So it’s a gay film? That’s coo…”
    “…no, no, sorry. It’s hetero”
    “Right: so it’s a sweet, PG-rated love story a bit like…