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  • Penny Serenade

    ★★★

  • Gosford Park

    ★★★★½

  • Stewart Francis: Pun Gent

    ★★★

  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    ★★★★

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  • Penny Serenade

    Penny Serenade

    ★★★

    “Those cool songs kind of take you back, don’t they?”

    Irene Dunne and Cary Grant may be better known for their comedic roles, but they make a fair fist of the serious stuff in this rather overwrought melodrama — though they can’t resist slipping back into a spot of almost-slapstick given half a chance, with various individual sequences playing more like one of their comedies, even as the overall narrative and tone goes full-on weepy.

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    ★★★★½

    “You Brits really don't have a sense of humour, do you?”
    “We do if something's funny, sir.”

    This has to be one of the most phenomenal casts ever assembled. It’s a massive ensemble, but nearly everyone is someone, and they’re all really good. There’s so much going on, you could probably turn it into a TV series…

    The only real letdown is Stephen Fry’s detective, who’s written and played with such broad comedy that it’s as if he’s wandered in from another film entirely — Charlie Chan in London, maybe.

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  • Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home

    Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home

    ★★★

    “Wait, hold up. This isn’t a movie.”
    “No.”
    “It’s a tourism ad for Australia.”
    “Yes.”

    If they’d funded the whole movie as a 90-minute tourism ad, I would’ve happily watched it.

  • Anon

    Anon

    ★★★★

    Don't understand the negative reactions to this at all. It's not perfect (could do with a bit more clarity in places), but overall I thought it was a really good sci-fi noir.

    Also, lol at the people calling it unoriginal while also saying "it's like a Black Mirror episode". Yeah, that comparison didn't get worn out two-dozen like-a-Black-Mirror-episode films ago. You'd think Charlie Brooker was the first person to ever write a story about the dangers of future technology...