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  • A Trip to the Moon

    ★★★★★

  • Late Spring

    ★★★★

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★

  • Little Fish

    ★★★★

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    This is an ambitious project from Ridley Scott, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck writing and acting together for the first time since Good Will Hunting. Based on an actual event, this is a medieval story of a trial by combat to settle a point of honour, told from the perspectives of the three main participants in Rashomon style chapters. Damon is angry, wronged husband, Adam Driver the accused and Jodie Comer the wife/victim. The film is heavily influenced by…

  • 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…

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  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★

    This Japanese classic from director Yasujirō Ozu is a universal tale of family interactions – the daughter who hasn’t married and feels obligated towards her father, the aunt who wants to match-make and the uncle already on his second wife. This is a beautifully paced glimpse into post-war Japan where old traditions run alongside the rebuilding effort. The war is only mentioned in passing a couple of times, but it hangs over the film like a cloud. It’s the primary…

  • Little Fish

    Little Fish

    ★★★★

    This is a touching love story set against a pandemic which causes memory loss. As such it calls into mind other films whose plots are driven by amnesia - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento and The Father spring to mind as being other members of this sub-genre. Spotless Mind is perhaps the closest tonally, but there the memory erasure is done deliberately; in Little Fish the characters are desperate to avoid it and don’t recognise it when it…

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  • 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?…