Limp start gives way to mighty finish

 Thor 2 belongs to Loki, or should that be Loki 3 belongs to Loki? Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston and Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Alan Taylor. Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Yost. Action, adventure, fantasy. 1hr 52mins. M for violence. 3D. ★★★.5 stars When […]

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3 second review: About Time

Two hours you will never get back. Meandering, self-indulgent, pointlessly saccharine and obnoxiously trite, About Time is surely the death knell for Richard Curtis’s (Notting Hill, Love Actually) brand of white-boy-centric, navel-gazingly twee rom-coms. PS, Dick, top tip: when your hero uses a secret advantage to learn things about his love interest, end her relationship […]

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Skewed vision of the People’s Princess

3SR: The most pertinent question Diana asks is how deep you will have to dig to find compassion for a woman so privileged and coddled she could not even boil pasta. Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar, Lee Asquith-Coe, Geraldine James and Juliet Stevenson. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Written by Stephen Jeffreys. Biography, drama, […]

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A fantasy for strong men with good hearts

3SR: Taut, suspenseful, supremely crafted thriller with a gooey, wish-fullfillment core, Prisoners is grim-but-good entertainment. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano. Directed by Denis Villeneuve Written by Aaron Guzikowski Drama, mystery, thriller. 2hr 33mins. R16 for violence, offensive language and content that may disturb. ***1/2 […]

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3 Second Review: Behind The Candelabra

★★ (Directed by Steven Soderbergh) Morals have never been so fabulous! Steven Soderbergh takes his unique brand of trite moralising disguised as entertainment to the world of gayness. Not even a great cast acting their hearts out could make this less cringingly obvious – the penalty for enjoying life is death. If you can stomach a bunch […]

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The girl anachronism

3SR: An entrancing black and white fairytale which transports Snow White to the dusty bullfighting rings of 1920s Spain. Every single shot is a masterpiece, heartbreaking and charming by turns. Starring: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina Written and directed by Pablo Berger Drama, world cinema. 1hr 44mins. M for adult themes ****1/2 stars […]

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Weighty subjects take flight

3SR: The best looking film ever made, a masterpiece of cinematic magic. Sadly undercut by over earnest dialogue that comes at you like a rolled up newspaper across the nose. Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Written by Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron and Rodrigo Garcia. ****1/2 Science Fiction,  thriller. 1hr 31mins.  […]

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