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1.0Big, Dumb & Loud

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (USA/12A/107mins) Directed by D.J. Caruso. Starring Vin Diesel, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson, Roby Rose, Nina Dobrev. THE PLOT: Long believed to be dead, former xXx agent Xa...
SPLIT
2.0Troubling

Split

SPLIT (USA/15A/117mins) Directed by M. Night Shymalan. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Betty Buckley. THE PLOT: After Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) goes for a meal with so...
Jackie
4.0Compelling & powerful

Jackie

JACKIE (Chile | France | USA15A/100mins) Directed by Pablo Larraín. Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt. THE PLOT: After the assassination of her husband John F. K...
LION
4.0utterly remarkable

Lion

LION (Australia/PG/118mins) Directed by Garth Davis. Staring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Sunny Pawar. THE PLOT: 25 years after he fell asleep on a decommissioned train and awoke in Ca...
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4.0beautifully old-fashioned

La La Land

LA LA LAND (USA/PG/128mins) Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons THE PLOT: Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), an aspiring act...
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4.0Funny & moving

Manchester by the Sea

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (USA/15A/137mins) Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Ben O'Brien, Kyle Chandler, Mary Mallen THE PLOT: Lee (Casey Affleck) is a Boston handyman who ...
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2.0Bland & emotionless

Live by Night

LIVE BY NIGHT (USA/15A/128mins) Directed by Ben Affleck. Starring Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper THE PLOT: After fighting the Huns in France, Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck)...
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1.0Dank and dull

Underworld: Blood Wars

UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS (USA/16/91mins) Directed by Anna Foerester. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Charles Dance, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies THE PLOT: The war between the vampires and the Lycans shows ...
Silence
3.0ambitious & stubborn

Silence

SILENCE (Mexico | Taiwan | USA/15A/161mins) Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Tadanobu Asano THE PLOT: Based on Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed 1966 novel...
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5.0Beautiful & special

A Monster Calls

A MONSTER CALLS (Spain | USA | UK | Canada/12A/108mins) Directed by JA Bayona. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Lewis MacDougall, Toby Kebbell THE PLOT: As 12 year old Conor (Lewis MacD...
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2.5Lacks heart

Assassin’s Creed

ASSASSIN'S CREED (UK | France | Hong Kong | USA/12A/108mins) Directed by Justin Kurzel. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Michael Kenneth Williams, Denis Ménochet THE PLOT: Death ...
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2.0Somehow lacking

Monster Trucks

MONSTER TRUCKS (USA/PG/104mins) Directed by Chris Wedge. Starring Rob Lowe, Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Thomas Lennon THE PLOT: After an explosion at an oil drilling site, teenager Tripp (Lucas Till) f...
WhyHim
3.0Tries too hard

Why Him?

WHY HIM? (USA/15A/111mins) Directed by John Hamburg. Starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mulally, Griffin Gluck, Keegan Michael-Key THE PLOT: Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) has a fabulous new b...
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1.0Offensively bad

Collateral Beauty

COLLATERAL BEAUTY (USA/12A/97mins) Directed David Frankel. Starring Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Kiera Knightley THE PLOT: Two years after his young daughter dies, Howard (Will Smi...
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4.0An inspiring charmer

The Eagle Huntress

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (UK|Mongolia|USA/TBC/87mins) Directed by Otto Bell. Starring Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley (narration). THE PLOT: Deep in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia, the nomads have hunted for foo...
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3.0Doesn't soar

Passengers

PASSENGERS (USA/12A/116mins) Directed by Morten Tyldum. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Sheen THE PLOT: Thirty years into a 120 year voyage from Earth to th...
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3.0Charming but familiar

Ballerina

BALLERINA (France | Canada/G/89mins) Directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin. Starring Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shoshana Sperling THE PLOT: Félicie (Elle Fanning) has alwa...
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4.0jolly good fun

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (USA/UK/12A/133mins) Directed by Gareth Edwards. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendlestohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen,...
survival-family
4.0gentle yet harrowing

Survival Family [Macau Film Festival (IFFAM) Review]

SURVIVAL FAMILY (Japan/TBC/117mins) Directed by Shinobu Yaguci. Starring Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa, Wakana Aoi THE PLOT: The Suzuki family are an average household in Tokyo; their lives d...
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3.5Timely

Saint George [Macau Film Festival (IFFAM) Review]

SAINT GEORGE (Portugal | France/TBC/112mins) Directed by Marco Martins. Starring Nuno Lopes, Mariana Nunes, David Semedo, Jose Raposo THE PLOT: Unemployed boxer Jorge (Nuno Lopes) is drowning in debt, and e...