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EIFF 2018: Old Boys (2018) directed by Toby MacDonald

This Cyrano de Bergerac adaptation, set in a posh English boarding school, is marred by rather forced and weak humour. Nonetheless, it has a certain amount of charm as well as fine performances from Alex Lawther, Pauline Étienne and the rest of the cast.

Alex Lawthor in Old Boys (2018)

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018) starring Robert Downey Jr.

The latest and most hyped of Marvel Comics Universe movies has its moments but ultimately offers both far too much and, paradoxically, far too little. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt and many others.

Avengers: Infinity War poster art

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Black Panther (2018) written and directed by Ryan Coogler

Chadwick Boseman plays the eponymous African superhero in this disappointingly bland attempt at a more political Marvel film. It's passably entertaining but not worthy of the massive hype.

Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) directed by Kenneth Branagh

This sumptuous Agatha Christie adaptation, also featuring Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer, does what it says on the tin decently enough.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) starring Chris Hemsworth

Taika Waititi's entry in the Marvel Comics Universe - also starring Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett - puts a firm emphasis on having fun.

Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok

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The Snowman (2017) starring Michael Fassbender

Review and podcast of Tomas Alfredson's baffling and tensionless mess of an adaptation of Jo Nesbø's novel, featuring the novelty tune Popcorn by Hot Butter of all things.

Michael Fassbender in the Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Luc Besson's adaptation of comic book Valérian et Laureline is a flawed feast of visual imagination.

Weird and wonderful aliens in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


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​Ghost in the Shell

This visually impressive adaptation is sadly a dull ghost of its manga and anime forebears.

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Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Duller would be a more appropriate title for this one.

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Fences

Long and miserable adaptation of August Wilson's play is hamstrung by remaining too faithful to its stage origins.


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