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  • Working Girl

    ★★★★

  • Need for Speed

    ★★½

  • M*A*S*H

    ★★★★

  • Boss Level

    ★★½

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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

    There’s a moment in Roman Holiday, roughly two thirds of the way through, that always sticks in my mind. Hepburn and Peck have just spent an afternoon sightseeing in Rome, and are about to go dancing by the river. Off camera we hear a horse-drawn carriage, and our couple both turn to look at it. Peck twists back to meet Hepburn’s eyes, which light up instantly as she flashes her million-dollar smile. He asks her a wordless question, and her…

  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    ★★★★★

    Every once in a while something wonderful comes along; the moment when you realise a film has you completely hooked. Not just on the story or the emotions, but on the masterful craft of a great director, and sublime acting from screen icons. It's an all encompassing sort of feeling, as you realise the film is easily sailing into your personal favourites. It doesn't come around often (for me at least), but I have to admit I wasn't overly surprised…

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  • Working Girl

    Working Girl

    ★★★★

    An immensely enjoyable workplace rom-com, perhaps even the gold standard for the sub-genre (though His Girl Friday would certainly have something to say about that). Mike Nichols helms the most 80s looking movie I’ve seen in a while. Not in a tacky, over-the-top satirical way, but a way that feels authentic without being distracting. After all, it isn’t trying to recreate a pastiche. It’s simply of its time, contemporary, a capsule into the past like few other rom-coms from that…

  • Need for Speed

    Need for Speed

    ★★½

    Need For Speed has some really great driving action, aaaand that’s about it. There’s your typical high-octane car chases, with a story as complex and profound as you’d expect from a driving video game to film adaptation. Set pieces take precedence over narrative, clearly taking a page out of the well-trodden Fast and Furious handbook. The fact that they’re largely pulled off practically does lend an air of authenticity to the often ridiculous stunts, but still doesn’t save the scenes…

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    Early on in Spencer, there’s a brief shot that sums up all the fragility we have come to associate with the tragic Princess Diana. Clad in characteristic high fashion, the titular royal trudges across a muddy field just outside of Sandringham Estate. Captured in long shot, she seems jarringly out of place against the landscape, the vast grey sky and muddy earth engulfing her dainty figure. Her chic footwear clearly struggles against the unrelenting Norfolk surface; a head-over-heels tumble seems…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

    ‘Style over substance’ is a label that frequently gets aimed at Edgar Wright. Rather unfairly I often think; there’s frequently so much more to his films than pure aesthetics. Few directors understand how to lean into genre tropes quite so affectionately, and he usually pulls it off with such spirit. Last Night in Soho, however, is the closest I’ve come to agreeing with such a claim.

    Not that there isn’t a lot to like mind. It’s clearly ultra-stylish, bringing the…