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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Forrest Gump
  • Return of the Jedi
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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  • Blonde

    ★★

  • M

    ★★★★★

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    ★★★

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    ★★★

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★★

    The last 30 minutes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind are in my opinion the finest 30 minutes in the Spielberg canon, they may well be the finest 30 minutes in cinematic history. However, if you take away the aliens, the light show, the sheer wonder of the movie you are still left with a classic human drama of (this is a Spielberg film after all) an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. Roy Neary starts the film as…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★★

    The Dark Knight is effectively a superhero movie without the superheroes. The Batman character has always appealed to me more than most comic book characters that have made it to the big screen because he isn't a superhero. He has no superpowers, he has no magic serum, or been bitten by any radioactive spiders, and last time I checked he was from good old Planet Earth. Yes, Batman is potentially one of us, just with a lot more wonger behind…

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★

    I write film reviews primarily to note my thoughts on a film I have just watched, if anyone takes the time to read them, I treat them as a bonus. I don't write film reviews to stir up or get involved in online arguments about the moral high ground, or lack of, that a certain film attains. In the past week, I have seen many reviews for Andrew Dominik's fictional take on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Apparently, if you…

  • M

    M

    ★★★★★

    1931 was quite the year for the burgeoning art form known as Cinema. Some of my favourite films of early cinema were released that year, the Universal Monster double header of Tod Browning's Dracula and James Whale's quintessential version of Frankenstein were released within months of each other. Furthermore, Charlie Chaplin (possibly at the peak of his powers) released City Lights. It was also the year that Fritz Lang directed his first "talkie", M a film about a child murderer…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    Every now and again, I see a film that reinforces my 40+year addiction to Cinema. I can still remember clear as day the moment it started when as a 4-year-old in a fleapit of a Cinema in Bolton I saw the Imperial Star Destroyer emerge from behind me to cover the whole screen in hot pursuit of Tantive IV at the start of Star Wars. Life-changing moment and the addiction has never dimmed. Follow this up with the first time…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    I'd heard the hype but very little else, I knew nothing of the plot other than it was a fantastical multi-verse film (which seems to be all the rage these days). I knew Michelle Yeoh was in it and I was more than a tad curious to see how Ke Huy Quan, a big part of my Cinematic childhood, got on.

    The hype had led to almost universally positive reviews, which was my only concern going in, would I be…