The Gentlemen: Film Review

It was good to see Guy Ritchie returning to his gangster roots and doing what he does best – a crime caper – but The Gentlemen just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Jojo Rabbit: Film Review

I was really unsure if I was going to like Jojo Rabbit – I love everything Taika Waititi has done but I didn’t know if the humour would be my cup of tea – so I’m relieved to say it’s fantastic. How could I have doubted Waititi?

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My top ten cinema releases of 2019

That’s it, guys! We have (almost) reached the end of 2019 so it is time for me to look back at the new releases I’ve seen this year and pick my favourites.

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Spoiler Special: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

If you’ve read my spoiler-free review for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, you’ll know that I felt let down and disappointed by it. This was mostly down to the story decisions made by J.J. Abrams, so I wanted to do a spoiler special in which I could rant about my misgivings a little bit more.

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Playing with Fire: Film Review

John Cena proved he was a good sport and surprisingly funny in Blockers so I felt hopeful about his next role in Playing with Fire, but I shouldn’t have been. The movie is pretty bad.

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Little Women: Film Review

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has been adapted for the screen many times, so I wasn’t particularly thrilled when Greta Gerwig announced it as her next project, but I love so many of the cast that I was excited for it anyway – and damn, they really deliver.

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Cats: Film Review

When a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s stage musical Cats was first announced, I let out a groan because I’m not a massive fan of the show. I didn’t really know what to expect from Cats the film, but I now know it is the weirdest, most bonkers and unique cinema experiences I’ve ever had.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Film Review

J.J. Abrams was always going to have a challenge sticking the landing with The Rise of Skywalker, which not only concludes this trilogy but all nine films in the main franchise, but it still saddens me to report that I came away disappointed.

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Noah Baumbach had never seen a script before he wrote one

Noah Baumbach recently spoke about his filmmaking process as part of BAFTA’s Screenwriters’ Lecture Series and there were a lot of interesting nuggets to take away from the talk. Most of all, I found it particularly interesting that the Marriage Story director hadn’t ever seen a script until he wrote one and used to spend a lot of time tweaking the formatting to make his screenplays look the correct way.

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The Party’s Just Beginning: Film Review

I enjoy Karen Gillan‘s performances in films like Jumanji and the Guardians of the Galaxy/Avengers so I was intrigued to see what she’d come up with for her directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning, which she also wrote and stars in. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be such a dark film.

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