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Dunkirk

Watching Dunkirk on a cinema screen is a transfixing experience. Christopher Nolan’s lean war film dispenses with the customary features of a picture in this genre: there are no scenes of generals plotting with maps, no histrionic moments of injury, and no flashbacks to soldiers’ lives before the war. This is a film with real […]

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The BFG

“What I says and what I means ain’t always the same things” … so read this with a pinch of salt. Based on Roald Dahl’s wonderful children’s classic, The BFG, aka big friendly giant, sees young orphan Sophie and her lofty friend work together to stop the other giants gobbling up ‘human beans’ while they […]

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The Gunman

Sean Penn plays Jim Terrier, an ex-killer seeking redemption, in this generic, lifeless action misfire. The Gunman is directed by Pierre Morel, who helmed Taken, and the entire exercise feels like an attempt to do for Penn what Taken did for Liam Neeson. That the film is two hours of ploddingly directed, dreadfully scripted tedium […]