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Rich Cline
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Critical Week: In the shadows
I only saw two movies this week - but then I am on holida y  at the moment! Dane DeHaan stars in  A Cure for Wellnes s, an overlong, visually sumptuous horror thriller set in a Swiss sanatorium where something nasty is going on underwater. Alas, the script ...

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Critical Week: Taking care of business
I'm in Southern California visiting my family this week, so haven't exactly been trying to keep up with movies. I didn't even get to watch the Baftas - I had to read about them instead. I managed to catch one film that needed to be reviewed: John Wick: Chap...

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Critical Week: No wallflower
As awards season heats up, the films screened to critics begin to feel more eclectic than usual. One higher-brow offering was Lady Macbeth , which I missed in the festival rounds last autumn. Florence Pugh stars as a woman who finds a rather grisly way to t...

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Critical Week: Don't throw in the towel
Press screenings are still a bit thin in London, mainly because we saw most current releases at film festivals in the autumn. One new entry was the British movie  Jawbone , starring Johnny Harris and Michael Smiley (above), along with Ray Winstone and Ian M...

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Critical Week: A family affair
It's been a rather thin week for screenings, or maybe I'm just out of the loop because I've been pre-occupied with organising the Critics' Circle Film Awards. The biggest movie I saw was The Odyssey , the French biopic about Jacques Cousteau starring Lamber...

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37th Critics' Circle Film Awards: words and pictures...
These three ladies were the stars of Sunday night's 37th London Critics' Circle Film Awards, held at the May Fair Hotel. I'm the chair of the event, so spend most of the year organising it with a hard-working committee, lots of helpers and some great sponso...

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Critical Week: Muscle power
There were two big decades-later sequels screened to critics in London this week. XXX: Return of Xander Cage returns Vin Diesel to his extreme-sports spy 15 years after he last played him. The movie is just as preposterous, but thankfully has a sense of hum...

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Critical Week: Say what?
I was able to catch up with the London Film Festival gem Their Finest this week, a lightly handled drama about government-sponsored filmmakers during the Blitz. With a sharp cast anchored by Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Sam Claflin and clever direction by...

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Critical Week: Follow your nose
In the New Year so far, there have been no actual press screenings, so my movies have been on the small screen. This includes a couple that were made for TV. Benedict Cumberbatch was back for Sherlock: The Six Thatchers , an enjoyable mystery that continued...

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A Year in Shadows: 2016

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