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  • Enola Holmes

    Enola Holmes

    ★★★★

    Enola Holmes is a fun feminist comedy-mystery with what might be a star-making appearance from Millie Bobby Brown. When Sherlock Holmes’ mother goes missing, it’s left to his younger sister to untangle a web of secrets, plots and disappearing members of the aristocracy which might explain the puzzle.

    Millie Bobby Brown carries the entire movie as Enola, a confident nonconformist stuck in the stuffy Victorian era, in what might be one of the best child acting performances in recent times.…

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    LA Confidential is a sweeping crime epic which layers old school glamour over a bottomless ocean of vice, where every fine detail is polished to hide the rottenness underneath.

    The story of police officers investigating organized crime and a mysterious mass killing at a coffee shop, the major theme of the movie is the contrast between the glamour of LA and the underlying reality. The strongest reflection of this is dapper gangster/producer Pierce Patchett and his call girls who’ve had…

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  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★★

    Upgrade is a movie which uses a sci-fi premise to justify some excellent fight scenes.

    Grey is a mechanic who is paralysed from the neck down in a seemingly random act of violence. Since the film is set 30 years into the future, he is able to replace the broken part of his spine with an advanced talking computer named STEM. As a side effect Grey gains incredible combat skills and the access to all of its intelligence whenever the…

  • The Ring

    The Ring

    ★★★½

    The Ring is not an unsuccessful movie, which is probably the best which could be hoped for from the remake of a horror classic. Whilst it doesn’t have the subtlety or the eerie quality of Ringu, it’s a tightly-plotted ghost story which in a few places tops the Japanese film in delivering scares.

    The story is mostly the same as the original, with Rachael, a journalist played by Naomi Watts, hot on the trail of a cursed VHS tape which…