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Not even Melissa McCarthy can save mawkish drama The Starling
★★★
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Not even Melissa McCarthy can save mawkish drama The Starling

The Oscar nominee is certainly the best thing in this slow-going tale about grief, but she does have her limits.

  • by Sandra Hall

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Werewolves Within more toothless tiger than bloodthirsty horror

Werewolves Within more toothless tiger than bloodthirsty horror

This is a film that wants to please and to some extent succeeds in doing so – without ever being very funny or very alarming.

  • by Jake Wilson
Hugh Jackman’s dystopian thriller just keeps its head above water
★★★
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Hugh Jackman’s dystopian thriller just keeps its head above water

Reminiscence looks to the future in a world affected by climate change, but it’s high on glamour and low on originality.

  • by Jake Wilson
Schumacher deserves a great film. Why is this one so disappointing?
★★½
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Schumacher deserves a great film. Why is this one so disappointing?

Three directors worked for years on this documentary, but you’ll find out more about the Formula One great from a quick online search.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Ian Thorpe helped this film get swimming right. Pity about the script
★★★
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Ian Thorpe helped this film get swimming right. Pity about the script

Too much is left unexplained and unexplored in Streamline’s portrait of a troubled young swimmer whose mind and spirit are falling apart.

  • by Paul Byrnes
After this misfire, is it time for Hollywood to end its killer craze?
★★
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After this misfire, is it time for Hollywood to end its killer craze?

Action thriller Kate delivers a blast of cliches: a jaded assassin, a deadly race against time, a vulnerable orphan and 100 minutes of mayhem.

  • by Jake Wilson
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Worth finds hope in gripping drama about the value of life
★★★★
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Worth finds hope in gripping drama about the value of life

Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci are exceptional in a film that sidesteps mawkish drama without minimising the grief.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Burning with desire, Love Affair(s) is a very French fling
★★★½
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Burning with desire, Love Affair(s) is a very French fling

Everything in Emmanuel Mouret’s romantic drama is idyllic except for the affairs themselves.

  • by Jake Wilson
Bad acting, nonsensical plot: what’s the point of Jason Momoa revenge thriller?
★★
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Bad acting, nonsensical plot: what’s the point of Jason Momoa revenge thriller?

The Hawaiian action star’s Sweet Girl veers from icky to sticky, as the fake blood flows, leaving a wake of question marks in the process.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Suicide Squad is a gory, sentimental, crass fever dream
★★★★
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Suicide Squad is a gory, sentimental, crass fever dream

Whether or not this brand of splashy horror-comedy floats your boat, it’s been put together by an uncommonly skilled filmmaker.

  • by Jake Wilson
Broad human comedy found in France’s wars of the roses
★★★
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Broad human comedy found in France’s wars of the roses

This clever film takes us into the world of the rose-growers of rural Provence, defending their tradition and culture against modern industry.

  • by Paul Byrnes