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  • Never Gonna Snow Again

    ★★★★

  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory

    ★★★★

  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    ★★★★

  • Fallen Angel

    ★★★

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  • Never Gonna Snow Again

    Never Gonna Snow Again

    ★★★★

    There are any number of ways to take this movie, possibly as a super-hero origin story, a modern-day morality tale, or even a polish Desperate Housewives. I just enjoyed the experience of letting it wash over me as a series of interconnected windows into the lives encountered by travelling masseur Zenia, played with great screen presence and an appropriate air of mystery by Alec Utgoff.

    Not all the questions set up seem to be answered, but there are a fair…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    If you listen to the television here in the UK it would appear the very future of cinema is riding on the success of this, the latest James Bond film. So, the first thing to say is that this is definitely worth checking out, and on the biggest screen you can get to. In my case, this was the York Cineworld IMAX and ticket sales seemed solid, at least for this first weekend.

    Is it the best Bond film ever?…

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  • Fallen Angel

    Fallen Angel

    ★★★

    This a pretty standard noir story, directed with flourish by Otto Preminger. The setup is nothing new, lone drifter arrives in small American town and falls for femme fatale local waitress but needs to raise cash to woo her, so turns to a local heiress whom he plans to seduce, marry and divorce, stealing her savings along the way. Sounds simplicity itself, but things soon get out of hand and the film takes a few interesting turns as the drifter,…

  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    ★★★★½

    This is the first film I’ve seen from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, but it won’t be the last. This is a beautifully shot family drama which tells a simple story in a captivating and perfectly paced manner. The naturalistic acting and the location setting in suburban Tokyo give the film a real human touch – there’s not a moment when you think you’re watching actors – it’s more like you’re overhearing a conversation that wasn’t meant for your ears.

    There…

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  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★½

    This remarkable film is as meta as they come, a French movie about the making of a movie remake starring Maggie Cheung, who plays herself, as a Chinese actress who speaks English but not French. It’s a commentary on French Arthouse cinema and moviemaking more generally – the cinema verité style hand-held filming gives a documentary feel and the sheer chaos on set is intercut with even crazier sequences as Maggie Cheung takes on the character she’s playing, complete with…

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★

    The last episode of The Sopranos was broadcast back in 2007 so this prequel has been a long time coming. I wanted to like it more than I did because I was a fan of the TV Series back in the day, but my memory of the myriad cast of characters and their relationships is hazy at best. You don’t need to have seen The Sopranos to follow this film, it might even be an advantage as you won’t be…