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  • To Be or Not to Be
  • The Set-Up
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • A League of Their Own

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  • Joe

    ★★★

  • Red, White and Blue

    ★★★½

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★

  • Professionals for a Massacre

    ★★

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  • Joe

    Joe

    ★★★

    Neither quite the vigilante thriller it threatens to become nor the treatise on class it aspires to.

    Joe is a deeply fascinating watch albeit never quite a satisfying one. Made at the precipice point of two cultures at odds with each other we follow not the free love hippies that defined the 60s but instead the parents of that generation, alienated by a world they no longer recognise.

    Anchored by a pair of phenomenal performances from Peter Boyle and Dennis…

  • Red, White and Blue

    Red, White and Blue

    ★★★½

    This film needs an ending. A narrative one, even if McQueen grants us an emotional one. Everything in Red, White and Blue is great, shining a light on a grotesquely under reported facet of British culture. The experiences of black British police officers at a time wherein racism was still not even veiled.

    Embodying that plight is John Boyega doing incredible work as Leroy Logan (a real life officer who dealt with torrents of abuse from the police force he…

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  • An Officer and a Gentleman

    An Officer and a Gentleman

    ★★★★

    While its reputation is now one that is slightly mocked, Taylor Hackford's romantic drama has a real sense of time and place with riveting performances and is a riveting watch despite a few contrived unnecessary scenes towards its conclusion. This is a film truly for adults, with real issues and baggage that the real world unfairly saddles its occupants with.

    Richard Gere is great in the lead. Being every inch the movie star but with a vulnerability that may have…

  • Wild Rose

    Wild Rose

    ★★★★

    Ken Loach's A Star is Born. Wild Rose is a rags to lesser rags tale anchored by a star making performance by Jessie Buckley. Director Tom Harper manages to make a lot from presumably a fairly small budget giving her Rose-Lynn's story a touch of the fantastical amidst the gruelling backdrop of working class Glasgow.

    There are big faults though. Despite Sophie Okenado being a glowing presence throughout her character simply isn't believable. Her shining optimism and wealth should clash…