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  • Ocean's Eight

  • Bixa Travesty

    ★★★

  • Studio 54

    ★★★★

  • The Piano

    ★★★★★

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  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    At the time of writing, the film has been financially successful, so the inevitable question arises: should we be girding our loins for the sequel? Were it to happen, the makers would surely have to start from scratch with these characters, as we’re given so little reason to want to hang out with them again or, indeed, to bask in their success. Soderbergh is an avowed devotee to ’60s crime movies, and you get the strong impression that he ingested…

  • Bixa Travesty

    Bixa Travesty

    ★★★

    Claudia Priscilla and Kika Goifman’s impressionistic film offers a loose biography of Linn, splicing together her energetic performances with footage of her chatting to friends and a few snatches of archive in which she undergoes treatment for testicular cancer in the most glamorous way imaginable. Identity, abuse and widespread transphobia are hot topics of conversation, and there’s a lot of deep discussion about how a person can have an almost sexual relationship with their own body. Linn doesn’t really talk…

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  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    Rather than a proper review, we've posted a list of 20 things that aren't quite as bad as PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2:

    1. Twin hangnails.

    2. Biting into a piece of fruit you discover to be rotten, then realise you’re too hungry to care so swallow the spoiled produce. This causes a work absence of four days.

    3. When you’re grating cheese, you look away from the serrated edge when you think you’ve got a grove going, and then you slice off the top of your thumb at the joint.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    Nearly half of Richard Linklater’s 17 features have been shot primarily in Texas, from the faux-groggy minimalist road trip of 1988’s It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books to 2011’s Bernie, a micro-specific portrait of small-town east Texas contextualised by an illustrated lecture on “the five states” within the state.

    Linklater hasn’t released a movie shot in his adopted home base of Austin since 2004, where the to-be-Rotoscoped source footage for A Scanner Darkly was filmed. Boyhood, in…