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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
Aversion therapy for aspiring ballerinas? Try this film
★★★½
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Aversion therapy for aspiring ballerinas? Try this film

Ballet movies are inevitably composed of sweat, tears, bleeding toes, fierce rivalries and constant hunger.

  • by Sandra Hall
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
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The Voyeurs is an erotic Hitchock rip-off with more sex and less credibility
★★½
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The Voyeurs is an erotic Hitchock rip-off with more sex and less credibility

There’s more than a little nod to Rear Window in this erotic thriller, but with a bare fraction of the master’s storytelling skill.

  • by Jake Wilson
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
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
Surprising true story delivers upbeat message of hope and goodwill
★★★
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Surprising true story delivers upbeat message of hope and goodwill

Eyes are opened and friendships formed in the Broadway hit Come From Away, which has made it to the screen.

  • by Sandra Hall
An inside look at the Caribbean studio that attracted the world’s biggest musicians
★★★½
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An inside look at the Caribbean studio that attracted the world’s biggest musicians

A new documentary looks at Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios in the Caribbean, where rock legends including the Rolling Stones and the Police came to record.

  • by Paul Byrnes