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  • Annette

    ★★★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★

  • Swing Time

    ★★★★

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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★

    "Never confuse shit with chocolate. They may look the same but they taste very different".

    A girl of around 17 sat in the same row as me seemed to think that this was the funniest movie ever made as she laughed at most of the dialogue. She even laughed when the MGM lion appeared at the start of the film! There was only the occasional moment of mirth in the film and actually I concluded it might have worked better…

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★

    "Take a little advice, don’t go chasing ghosts."

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been criticised in some quarters for being too dedicated to fan service and nostalgia. My showing seemed to be full of some quite young kids, the majority of whom probably haven't seen the original films. They seemed to be enjoying it and I concluded that actually the film probably balances things pretty well. Yes, it's full of fan service and nostalgia but I think there's still plenty to like…

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  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★

    "The truth is I'm sick. Being in love makes me sick."

    If you had to sum up Annette in one word it would have to be "odd".

    Essentially, the film is about a musical, with all the music by the band Sparks, which sees Henry (Adam Driver), a stand-up comedian, begin a relationship with opera singer Ann (Marion Cotillard). Their lives changes when they have a child, Annette, who is played by a frankly unsettling puppet.

    As far as I…

  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★★

    1001 Films to See Before You Die #96

    "No one could teach you to dance in a million years. Take my advice and save your money!"

    Swing Time is often regarded in dance circles as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' best musical and I certainly preferred it to Top Hat.

    The plot is somewhat convoluted. Lucky (Astaire) is due to get married but thanks to his ludicrously irresponsible colleagues misses his wedding. His possible father-in-law declares that he can only…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Donald Trump has come out and said that Parasite should not have won Best Picture because it's South Korean. If ever there was a film Trump would dislike it's this one. I'm pretty sure he's never watched it due to the "one inch barrier of subtitles" that requires a basic literacy level to get through.

    Parasite is a film all about the class system. We open with the Kim family living in a small basement apartment as they steal Wi-Fi…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★½

    "I cherish peace with all my heart. I don't care how many men, women and children I need to kill to get it."

    James Gunn knows how to make absurd comic book characters work on screen. We saw it with Guardians of the Galaxy where he managed to make Rocket Racoon a genuinely likeable character. When DC approached him to make a film for them they were thinking of Superman but Gunn opted for Suicide Squad and it's clear why-…