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    When Marnie Was There: an exquisite production from Studio Ghibli

    Timeless, haunting and enchanting, When Marnie Was There is “unforgettable”, writes Ruth Allen.  The magic continues in Tale of Tales, although these adult fairytales are an anthology of gore, duplicity and obsessive love. Back to reality – yes, really  – in Elvis...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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    Alice Through the Looking Glass: Curiouser and curiouser

    Strong performances and eye-popping CGI but Alice through the Looking Glass doesn’t reflect the wonder it deserves, writes Ruth Allen. And it’s a bit scary for young children – unlike the so cute Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants....

    • Posted 11 months ago
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    Florence Foster Jenkins is curiously inspiring – and stars Kelvingrove

    Gloriously entertaining, Florence Foster Jenkins “celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs”, writes Ruth Allen. And it puts Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – posing as New York’s Carnegie Hall –...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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    Eye In The Sky – nail-biting action in timely reminder about horrors of war

    A “timely reminder about the horrific consequences of the decisions of war”, Eye In The Sky is dedicated to its “brilliant” star, the late Alan Rickman, writes Ruth Allen. Plenty of twists in exciting thriller Bastille Day …...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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    The Jungle Book is unmissable – reinvented for a new generation

    The Jungle Book is unmissable, a “lush and gorgeous” Disney classic re-invented for a new generation says Ruth Allen.  And although Rio is on our minds, not South Korea’s 2018 winter Olympics, Eddie the Eagle turns out to be an “inspiring and entertaining feel-good” watch… THE...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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    Spotlight – compelling portrait of investigative journalism at its finest

    A sublime start to Ruth Allen’s spring film line-up with “outstanding” double Oscar-winning Spotlight, “delicious” comedy Hail, Caesar! and the “engrossing” documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut. There is an emotional performance from Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind and...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    The Revenant: immersive and visceral

    The Revenant and Room are potential Oscars big-hitters, writes Ruth Allen, who also reviews “a Valentine to Rocky fans” – Creed. THE REVENANT (15) (Run time: 151mins; Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu; Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter) Synopsis: Inspired...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    The Danish Girl: Exquisite, powerful … and heartbreaking

    In an exquisite performance the could bring a second Oscar, Eddie Redmayne is matchless in The Danish Girl, writes Ruth Allen.  Bolshoi Babylon is a peek behind the curtain at Russia’s scandal-hit but greatest cultural brand while In the Heart of the Sea...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    Snoopy & Charlie Brown – The Peanuts Movie … charming a new generation

    The big-screen debut Snoopy & Charlie Brown is a charming re-introduction or introduction to Peanuts, writes Ruth Allen. And there are plenty of laughs from Daddy’s Home … SNOOPY & CHARLIE BROWN – THE PEANUTS MOVIE (U) (Run...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    Carol: A flawless beauty

    Must-see Carol is “the perfect film”, writes Ruth Allen. Also unwrapped for December is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the powerful final chapter, along with the violent tale of gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, outstanding performances...

    • Posted 1 year ago