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Battle of The Sexes **** – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Tweet   Battle of The Sexes **** – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris In my lifetime the presumed sexual hegemony of heterosexual relationships has first been questioned, then doubted, undermined and finally fragmented to the point where gradually we are beginning to embrace the idea that individual, personal human relationships should be valued by the […]

Star Wars – The Last Jedi **

Tweet   Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi: Rian Johnston ** George Lucas is the Michael Palin of movie producers. No matter how many times we poke and prod the Star Wars franchise and beat it mercilessly on a hard critical surface producing not a glimmer of life; nothing will persuade him, like […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Martin Mcdonagh ***

Tweet Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Martin McDonagh *** Some movies wear their pitch on their sleeves.  This movie is technically first class: writing, direction, cinematography, even the occasional evocative country music insert – all work well to create a sharp, black, ironic and at times scabrously funny film. However, McDonah, unlike his previous […]

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool – Paul McGuigan ****

Tweet    Film stars Don’t Die In Liverpool – Paul McGuigan **** There is a brief scene late on in this film that lifts it above what had thus far been a simple touching and poignant if unlikely, age-gap romance between Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and young scouse actor Peter Turner (Jamie […]