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Magnificent film. Intriguing machinations of the palace.
Visually stunning, with wonderful characters (many callous).
Their plotting is viscous
And wickedly delicious.
An utterly mesmerising world of drama, scheming and malice.

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What a remarkable work: Burnham’s feature debut.
Empathy enwraps the rawness, as we see right into
Kayla’s soul (insecurity & awkward anxiety
While navigating: growth; expectations of society).
Fisher’s deeply moving, sensitive work here rings so true.

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A beautiful performance from Ali as a man with abhorrent prejudices to face,
Despite a script that’s disappointingly simplistic with regards to issues of race.
(And I just can’t believe
Shirley’d be so clueless/naive
RE: the contemporary popular music culture that he doesn’t embrace).

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Lovely lead performances. Overall highlight: witty, clever princess stuff.
It’s a kids’ film unafraid to have an undying message that’s tough
(Being co-dependent and possessive
Can makes a friendship oppressive)
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Won’t age well (‘today’ references: too specific; not generic enough).

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Ms Israel (briefly known in the cliquey world of New York lit)
Refuses to play the game - and therefore just doesn’t fit.
The screenplay and direction here is sterling.
Grant shines, as does McCarthy (the unfurling
Life of Lee - audaciously impersonating departed writers of wit).

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Exquisitely, masterfully told memories (many turbulent; chaotic),
Even repetitive tasks: with such depth, transcend the robotic.
Spans from the intimate domestic
To the sweeping and majestic.
Unforgettable: those waves - so expansive and hypnotic.

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Powerhouse Davis’ Veronica post a life-altering eruption:
Unfathomable grief, desperation and disruption.
More than a heist. Dark and gritty
And always looming: the city
With its deep memory and ingrained curse of corruption.

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Charley’s struggling, after hardships and witnessing brutal crime.
Haigh’s direction and Plummer’s performance: both sublime.
Here’s a boy both determined and gentle,
Dealing with problems (monumental).
A beautifully mesmeric film, with so much welcomed breathing time.

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Here, Gaga is captivating as a music industry beginner
In this newest take on a classic. There’s the inner
Struggles of a star on the rise
As her partner’s in demise.
Goosebump-inducing songs. Shallow: such a winner.

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We learn that even from the early days, Westwood was iconoclastic.
Her designs evoked the rebellious, the provocative, the fantastic.
Interesting work from Tucker who (in pursuing
Answers during interviewing)
Faced a main subject whose participation was less than enthusiastic.

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The tech elements produce impressive sights to behold,

But the film can’t be saved by the visuals (however gold)
Because it’s devoid of heart.
It’s detached from the start,
And the accompanying human story is so empty and cold.

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Dull filmmaking here, that’s disappointingly at war
With the two brilliant lead performances at its core.
Two scenes in particular
(Cafe and vehicular)
Highlight acting that’s heartbreakingly, viscerally raw.

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Exceptionally skilled cast portray the loves, the longing, the slanders …
From source Chekhov, but overall the film panders
To uneven shifts in mood.
So, even with this talented brood
It doesn’t feel like a cohesive whole, but a collection of fab two-handers.

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One plus: the animals are expertly rendered.
But sadly the tale of adult CR (who’d surrendered
To a life with joys that are few)
And the re-introduction of his youth’s crew
Is overall quite drab, bland & sluggish. Not recommended.

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There are truly outrageous plot points, but if you can run
With them, there’s some fabulous, escapist fun
To be had. Hendrick and Lively shine.
Highlights: stunning costume design,
Some music choices and a colour palette than can stun.

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Professor Rachel’s attending a wedding in the home town
Of her partner Nick (not expecting the scornful frown
Of his mother and assorted fam).
Abundant laughs and OTT glam
In this delightful film. Great leads’ chemistry, plus many a clown.

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Notorious RBG: Associate Justice of the Court (Supreme);
Tireless octogenarian with a round-the-clock work regime.
Excellent portrait of a genius legal mind
Who’s fought for womankind.
After hard-won battles, millions hold her in high esteem.

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