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  • God's Own Country
  • Mothering Sunday
  • Only You
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  • Lawyer Man

    ★★★½

  • My Generation

    ★★★

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★★

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  • Lawyer Man

    Lawyer Man

    ★★★½

    Watching this film makes me realise how reliant early 30s films were on newspaper headlines to propel the plot forward. Lawyer Man is a perky morality tale, zipping briskly through the rise and fall of good-hearted attorney William Powell and his better-hearted loyal secretary Joan Blondell. It's archetypal Warner Bros stuff with its sassy actors and its knowing dialogue:
    Powell - That's a long speech on an empty stomach.
    Blondell - That's a long speech on a nine course dinner.…

  • My Generation

    My Generation

    ★★★

    All the groovy swinging clips of the 60s that you could hope to see but slung together lazily, with no real structure or purpose beyond telling us what what is common knowledge about the decade. Voices, some archive, some chatting to Michael Caine, some identified (John Lennon - musician), some not (Anthony Burgess - writer) spout random nuggets that are rarely insightful. Caine is a likeable host and the clips are great, but it's not enough.

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  • Mystery of the Wax Museum

    Mystery of the Wax Museum

    ★★★★

    As much as I love Fay Wray and her legendary lungs of scream, this is Glenda Farrell's picture. She's fabulous as the hard-bitten, wisecrackin' reporter and has literally all the best lines - "You can go to some nice, warm place - and I don't mean California!"; "I've been in love so many times, my heart's calloused"; "You raise the kids, I'll raise the roof. I'd rather die of an arthritic heart from shaking cocktails and daiquiris than expire in…

  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★★★

    To some dear readers there may be an element of sacrilege in the following query, but what makes this a Howard Hawks film? This is a Billy Wilder film. The story originated with him and the script (from him and Charles Brackett) is filled with obvious Wilderisms, toying with the English language and sexual mores in his uniquely mischievous Viennese fashion. As one of the exchanges between professor and gangster goes:
    'You don't mind if we talk, do you?'
    'Just…