Downsizing

⭐⭐⭐ Attempting to ease the problems brought about by the continuous growth of the world’s population, scientists invent Downsizing; a procedure that shrinks humans to about five inches. Once you’ve been downsized you live in your own little utopia in a community of small people where you can live in luxury for a minimal amount…

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The Commuter

⭐⭐⭐ Through a rather nifty opening montage we meet ex-cop Mike (Liam Neeson) and his family. The tedium of his daily commute is cleverly revealed to us, as well as his financial difficulties. Two mortgages and a son about to start college are all taking their toll and Mike desperately needs some luck. But, he…

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Last Flag Flying

⭐⭐⭐⭐ The death of a young US Marine reunites three Vietnam Veterans as they embark upon a bittersweet road trip where their past deeds are confronted and their futures considered. Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell are our heroes and whilst their lives have taken them in different directions, they come full circle as…

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The Post

⭐⭐⭐ Based on the real-life events surrounding the publication of the Pentagon Papers, The Post brings together, for the first time, three Hollywood heavyweights; Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep under the direction of Steven Spielberg. With over 30 Oscar wins and nominations between them (acting and directing), it’s a pretty exciting prospect. It’s 1966 and a…

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Coco

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Set to the backdrop of the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico (hello, SPECTRE), our hero, Miguel, is born into a family of shoemakers who believe music is a curse after his great-great grandfather walked out on his wife and daughter to pursue a career in music, never to return. Since then, all music…

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Darkest Hour

⭐⭐⭐⭐ It’s 1940 and the German war machine has recently invaded Poland, is advancing on Holland, Belgium and France and Hitler has his eyes set on conquering the rest of Europe. The nation has lost faith in the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and his successor is to be determined forming a coalition Government. Viscount Halifax, declines…

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The Greatest Showman

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Charting the rise of Phineus Taylor Barnum from his days of being too poor to eat to the famous theatrical entrepreneur we remember today, director Michael Gracey has created a throwback to old fashioned musicals, with modern pop tunes and a healthy dose of technology thrown into the mix and ended up with a…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

⭐⭐⭐ There aren’t too many movie franchises that harbour the amount of hysteria and anticipation that comes attached to any film with the words Star Wars in their title. Rian Johnson slips into the director’s chair, as well as taking on writing duties, taking us to a galaxy far far away and bringing forth The Last…

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

⭐⭐⭐ Arguably Charles Dickens’ most famous work, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, or simply A Christmas Carol as it’s more commonly known, has been adapted for film and television more times than any other Dickens piece. After capitalizing on his original success, both in England and America, Charles’ last three…

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Blade of the Immortal

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal began life as a Manga series in 1993, where it was published in Gekkan Afternoon magazine and ran for almost 20 years. With sales of over 7.5 million and numerous prestigious awards to its name, it quickly attracted international acclaim. Spanning two worlds, audacious action, spectacular scenery and…

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