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  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★½

    There's a maxim that states that the more fun that a crew are having in the credits, the worse the film will be. The crew are having a ball in Florida for the ending of Bar and Start Go to Vista del Mar, and this film is an unholy mess.

    From a bizarre and half nonsensical crime plot that's crowbarred in 3 minutes in (not helped by the flat performance of Jamie Dorman) to some bizarre flights of fancy that…

  • Strictly Ballroom

    Strictly Ballroom

    ★★★★

    The first Baz Luhrmann film and in my opinion still the best. His personal background and ballroom dancing and the special attention paid to first films pays off in the incredible richness, and Fran's Spanish family (who I can now confirm are speaking fast Castillian Spanish) are a wonderful addition to the film.

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  • Stranger Than Fiction

    Stranger Than Fiction

    ★★★★★

    As nutty as a Charlie Kaufmann film but with a lot of heart, anchored by a sweet and nuanced performance from Will Ferrell. Beautifully integrated infographics for the designery-minded.

  • A Hard Day's Night

    A Hard Day's Night

    ★★★★★

    They're so young! And in suits! It's shocking to realise that this is the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night. Still, it's all the more shocking—and heartening—to see how well it holds up. I'd only count one dated scene: even if the then Fab Four were young, these days it'd be highly unlikely to show them obviously chatting up some young schoolgirls (though they were thwarted by Paul's grandfather). The rest of it is a testament to having a…