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  • Roman Holiday
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  • The Godfather

    ★★★★★

  • What's Your Number?

    ★★½

  • Vortex

    ★★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★★

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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

    There’s a moment in Roman Holiday, roughly two thirds of the way through, that always sticks in my mind. Hepburn and Peck have just spent an afternoon sightseeing in Rome, and are about to go dancing by the river. Off camera we hear a horse-drawn carriage, and our couple both turn to look at it. Peck twists back to meet Hepburn’s eyes, which light up instantly as she flashes her million-dollar smile. He asks her a wordless question, and her…

  • Benedetta

    Benedetta

    ★★★★

    Ridiculous? Oh yes. Provocative? Most definitely. Gratuitous? Abso-fucking-lutely. In other words, exactly what you’d expect from Paul Verhoeven!

    Joking aside, this one was a hell of a ride, and a great way to cap off my viewing at this years London Film Festival. I can definitely see why the Catholic Church have a problem with Benedetta, protesting outside its world premiere last month. Then again, their protests are often a good advert for a wild viewing experience, and that's the…

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  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    Masterful stuff. The three hours fly by. The performances, the dialogue, the blocking and framing and design; all perfect. It's an achievement of filmmaking that only becomes more impressive with time. I recently reread the novel, and can safely say it's a rare case where the film adaptation is better than its source (and I really like Mario Puzo's book).

  • What's Your Number?

    What's Your Number?

    ★★½

    Light as a soufflé. For as painfully predictable as this romantic comedy can be, it gets by on the chemistry of its two leads. It's definitely one of the funnier Anna Faris comedies I've seen, which isn't exactly saying much. She's often an affable light in some pretty turgid films, and manages here to make a pretty one note character rather endearing. Chris Evans, though far from nuanced, can ooze easygoing charm with the right schlock to work with. The…

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    Early on in Spencer, there’s a brief shot that sums up all the fragility we have come to associate with the tragic Princess Diana. Clad in characteristic high fashion, the titular royal trudges across a muddy field just outside of Sandringham Estate. Captured in long shot, she seems jarringly out of place against the landscape, the vast grey sky and muddy earth engulfing her dainty figure. Her chic footwear clearly struggles against the unrelenting Norfolk surface; a head-over-heels tumble seems…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

    ‘Style over substance’ is a label that frequently gets aimed at Edgar Wright. Rather unfairly I often think; there’s frequently so much more to his films than pure aesthetics. Few directors understand how to lean into genre tropes quite so affectionately, and he usually pulls it off with such spirit. Last Night in Soho, however, is the closest I’ve come to agreeing with such a claim.

    Not that there isn’t a lot to like mind. It’s clearly ultra-stylish, bringing the…