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Anon | Review

★★

Key to achieving anonymity is the ability to appear so bland that the eyes of the world simply don’t notice you. Andrew Niccol’s new film, though well executed. is rather too successful in that regard.

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Deadpool 2 | Review

★★★

‘From the studio that killed Wolverine’ reads the tag on one of Deadpool 2’s innumerable posters. It’s the one with Wade ‘Deadpool’ Wilson lounging astride a swan, tickling the sea, ahead of a big old explosion. This sequel may follow Infinity War in 2018’s superhero release schedule but it’s a very different, in some ways welcome, beast.

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The Cured | Review

★★★

Those familiar with Dominic Mitchell’s BBC TV series In the Flesh may encounter a touch of déjà vu while watching The Cured. It’s more than just the matching premise – cured ‘zombies’ being reintegrated into a society unwilling to forget their mindless misdoings – it’s in the kitchen sink quality, the politics, the gloomy tone and saturated aesthetic. There’s even overlap in homoerotic subtexts. A first feature by writer-director David Freyne, The Cured has a broader scope but mixed results by virtue of it.

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Mary and the Witch’s Flower | Review

★★★

Hard that it is to quite keep up with the retirements and renewals of Studio Ghibli, the day of a new Japanese animation studio has dawned. Literally so, for Studio Ponoc takes its name from a Serbo-Croatian word referring to the beginning of a new day. There is, however, a great deal that is familiar about their visually gorgeous debut feature: Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

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Nothing Like a Dame | Review

★★★★

It’s a brilliantly wry title that riffs on Rogers and Hammerstein. In this new conversation-documentary by Notting Hill director Robert Michell, Dames Eileen Atkins, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright simply gather for a natter. There is nothing like a dame but this quartet are – pricelessly – nothing like as stately as a dame themselves. They’re a riot.

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