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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

  • Locked Down

    ★★★

  • A Man Called Otto

    ★★★

  • Aftersun

    ★★★★

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    Don't worry. I'll come to 'Dune : Part Two' in a moment.

    On the fortieth anniversary Blu-Ray of 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind', there's a bonus retrospective documentary in which Steven Spielberg and Denis Villeneuve engage in a mutual love-in. Spielberg lionises Villeneuve's 'Arrival' as representing the film that, for him, came closest to recapturing 'Close Encounters ' sheer sense of wonder and transformative power when it came to considering the possibility of intelligent life beyond the Earth. And…

  • Locked Down

    Locked Down

    ★★★

    Nobody wants to watch 'Backdraft' when they're in a burning building.

    When 'Locked Down' came along we were still deep in the wake of the Great Unpleasantness of 2020, and the last thing that anybody wanted was to be reminded of their all-too-recent lived reality of fraying-tempered domestic imprisonment, buffering Zoom conferences, furloughed working arrangements, and toilet-paper panic buying (which is at least handled wittily here - 'How many arses have you got, mate?'). 'Locked Down' also proved elusive in…

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  • Big Daddy

    Big Daddy

    ★★★½

    There's an interview that's well worth seeking out between Paul Thomas Anderson and the much-missed Roger Ebert. In it, Anderson mounts a spirited defence of Adam Sandler and his comedy filmography to a sceptical and disbelieving Ebert. 'If I'm feeling down and need cheering up on a Saturday night, I'm gonna put on an Adam Sandler movie' starts Anderson. "That wouldn't cheer me up', sniffs Ebert. Anderson goes on to draw a parallel between the sheer sense of joy and…

  • While You Were Sleeping

    While You Were Sleeping

    ★★★½

    30 Minutes, 40 Seconds in. That's when it happens.

    Up until then, we're settling into a sweet, likeable, middle of the road comic romantic fantasy about a lonely tollbooth worker who almost accidentally ingratiates herself into the family of a coma victim that she saves from a mugging, gets mistaken for his fiancee and then willingly goes along with the charade for the sake of Grandma's heart condition. It's gooey and unbelievable, but not unlikeable.

    And then it happens. The…

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