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  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Matinee
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Drive-In

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  • The Party

    ★★★★

  • My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★★

  • Jackass Forever

    ★★★½

  • The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash

    ★★★★

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  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

    Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

    ★★★

    A biopic that takes nothing seriously - like Al himself - WEIRD is better appreciated than enjoyed. 

    My real recognition is for Weird Al’s curious staying power. He’s been doing this schtick since the early 80s, and generations do indeed love him and his comedy. I’ve never found Yankovic particularly amusing or his juvenile musical parodies all that witty: it always seems like he was trying too hard. This Funny Or Die movie is sort of like that, too.

    There’s…

  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★★

    Such a beautifully humane, heartwarmingly humanist feature: a thoughtfully smart and low-key oasis in a sea of hyperactively-pitched children’s films we're generally subjected to.

    This is one release where adults are likely to find more wonder, value and meaning in it than smaller viewers might - a kids movie for adults.

    Plus, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON is charmingly witty and exceptionally moving.

    It’s my favourite film I’ve seen this year.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    For some surprising reasons, taking the colour out of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD makes an already-brilliant film:

    1.) More Sinister - the Citadel world was much more frightening and oppressive in B&W, assigning the setting the physical and psychological Hell it surely was for these characters

    2.) More Detailed - the viewer's eye is drawn into not just the actors, but to their expressive faces, as well as to the landscapes and especially the production's vehicle design

    3.) Easier To…

  • 21 & Over

    21 & Over

    ½

    21 & OVER is about as derivative and thoroughly unlikable a motormouth comedy as you'll find. It's a complete waste of everyone's time.

    Jon Lucas & Scott Moore - the writers of THE HANGOVER - attempt another night-in-the-life fable of wild partying and male bonding through embarrassing situations, this time replacing the smug mid-thirties assholes with entitled college-aged assholes. Big switch.

    The deja-vu set-up finds a straight-A Med student (Justin Chon) dragged out for a collegial beer or two on the night…