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Aladdin

When thinking about Disney’s 1992 animated classic, Aladdin, it’s hard not to think of Robin Williams’ central performance as the Genie. And quite rightly too, as he not only stole the show but pretty much was the show. The fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Secret Life of Pets 2

The problem with any sequel is that it’s rarely as good as the film that it’s trying to ape. Film-makers have to decide from the get-go, whether they want to give audiences something new or more of the same—only louder, showier...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Avengers: Endgame

By now many of us will have seen it. Many of us will know that after, 22 films and 11 years, the Russo Brothers have pulled off the impossible with a breath-taking, fan-pleasing, roller-coaster finale. We will know that Endgame...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Red Joan

Red Joan presents a brilliant example of the most remarkable story being told in the most unremarkable way. A great-grandmother in her 80s being arrested by MI5 on the doorstep of her suburban home for treason. Her crimes, some...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Pet Sematary

There are two ways a film with such an outrageous plot as Pet Sematary could have been made. The first is as a campy ‘B movie’ fully aware of how ridiculous the idea of family pets rising from the dead is. The secon...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Doin’ My Drugs

Director/writer Tyler Q Rosen’s revealing and inspiring documentary Doin’ My Drugs has its world premiere at the prestigious CPH:DOX* Festival in Copenhagen this weekend. The film will screen as part of the Sound and Vision 201...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows is your average ‘missing child’ thriller film that heavily relies on one thing: the chemistry between real life married couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. To the film’s credit this is quite easily the most ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cold Pursuit

In light of Liam Neeson’s well documented remarks about wanting to exact revenge on any black man he could find after hearing his friend had been attacked by a man of the same skin colour, there’s a certain uncomfortable irony ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of the titular cyborg who is rescued from the wreckage of a junkyard by Christoph Waltz’s Dr Dyson. This is where the story attempts, to some success, to tell a father/daughter story as Dyson...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A Private War

On the surface A Private War ticks all the boxes for the kind of film the Academy Awards adores. A culturally relevant yet moving real life story? Tick. A lead actor transforming themselves beyond recognition? Tick. A haunting ...