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  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

  • Whirlpool

    ★★½

  • The Trick

    ★★½

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    I really enjoyed this, but I do wonder what someone not familiar with Wes Anderson’s work will make of it. This is an ode to magazine feature writers told through three short stories connected by scenes from the editor’s office. It features a host of ‘A’ list actors, some on screen for just a few moments (I’m looking at you Christoph Waltz!) and spotting the celebs can be a bit distracting. If nothing else though, this will be the most…

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    This is an ambitious project from Ridley Scott, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck writing and acting together for the first time since Good Will Hunting. Based on an actual event, this is a medieval story of a trial by combat to settle a point of honour, told from the perspectives of the three main participants in Rashomon style chapters. Damon is angry, wronged husband, Adam Driver the accused and Jodie Comer the wife/victim. The film is heavily influenced by…

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  • A Trip to the Moon

    A Trip to the Moon

    ★★★★★

    It seems incredible to me that one of the most innovative and prolific film directors of all time was also one of the very first to work in, and to a great extent invent and shape, the industry we know today. This is probably the best-known Georges Méliès film with its famous ‘moon landing’ shot. At only 14 minutes it is technically a short, but it’s importance in the history of cinema gives it the status of any major release.…

  • Whirlpool

    Whirlpool

    ★★½

    This Otto Preminger noir from 1949 hasn’t dated as well as some of his other films. The female murder suspect in this is ably played by a very glamorous Gene Tierney, but she is poorly served by a script that requires her to be either simpering or confused as she puts up with various amounts of nonsense from her husband, her blackmailer, and the detective.

    There’s no real attempt at suspense as the script gives all the information up front…

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    If you listen to the television here in the UK it would appear the very future of cinema is riding on the success of this, the latest James Bond film. So, the first thing to say is that this is definitely worth checking out, and on the biggest screen you can get to. In my case, this was the York Cineworld IMAX and ticket sales seemed solid, at least for this first weekend.

    Is it the best Bond film ever?…

  • Never Gonna Snow Again

    Never Gonna Snow Again

    ★★★★

    There are any number of ways to take this movie, possibly as a super-hero origin story, a modern-day morality tale, or even a polish Desperate Housewives. I just enjoyed the experience of letting it wash over me as a series of interconnected windows into the lives encountered by travelling masseur Zenia, played with great screen presence and an appropriate air of mystery by Alec Utgoff.

    Not all the questions set up seem to be answered, but there are a fair…