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EIFF 2019: Love Type D (2019) starring Maeve Dermody

I really wanted to hate this romantic comedy on the grounds that it runs with such an incredibly silly and somewhat mean-spirited premise. Nonetheless, it does manage to induce a few laughs. Maeve Dermody makes for an appealing lead but young Rory Stroud is the real standout here.

Maeve Dermody in Love Type D

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EIFF 2019: Extreme Job (2019) dir: Byeong-heon Lee

This high-octane mix of laughs, action and gratuitously mouthwatering shots of fried chicken was a record-breaking box office hit in South Korea and is bound to find plenty of fans amongst Asian cinephiles here. It stars Seung-ryong Ryu, Lee Hanee, Seon-kyu Jin, Dong-hwi Lee and Gong-Myoung.

Extreme Job (2019)

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EIFF 2019: Yesterday (2019) directed by Danny Boyle

This musical comedy - featuring a parallel universe where The Beatles never existed - has some fun with its charming premise but is beat-for-beat predictable in its storytelling. It just about gets by on the performances of Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon, along with director Danny Boyle's usual colourful flair.

Himesh Patel in Yesterday

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Stan & Ollie (2018) starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly

This bittersweet, semi-comedic biopic feels more like it was produced for television than the cinema but still successfully reminds the viewer of what made the iconic comedy double act Laurel and Hardy so special in the first place.

John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan in Stan & Ollie

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Venom (2018) starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams

This non-MCU Marvel adaptation has plenty wrong with it but, once you set aside the disjointed narrative and inconsistent tone, the Brock vs. Venom dynamic is quite funny. Tom Hardy is great - but Riz Ahmed is far less so as the main villain.

Venom (2018)

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EIFF 2018: Ideal Home (2018) starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan

The double act of Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan, playing a wealthy gay couple suddenly saddled with a surrogate son (Jack Gore), generates enough hilarity to offset this film's soft and predictable approach to drama. Coogan, in particular, essays another of his classic celebrity buffoons.

Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in Ideal Home

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EIFF 2018: Flammable Children aka Swinging Safari (2018)

Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell and Julian McMahon are cast against type in an off-colour retro comedy set in an Australian seaside town in the 1970s which was inspired by writer-director Stephan Elliott's own childhood. Lots of fun - provided that you are not easily offended.

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue in Swinging Safari

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EIFF 2018: Incredibles 2 (2018) written and directed by Brad Bird

Pixar's latest sequel improves on an already excellent superhero homage original with its near-perfect blend of spectacular action and touching comedy. The wonderful Bob Odenkirk adds his vocal talents this time around and there's some genuinely sinister villainy courtesy of the mysterious Screenslaver.

Incredibles 2

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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 √Čtienne and the rest of the cast.

Alex Lawthor in Old Boys (2018)

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Best F(r)iends: Volume One (2017) starring Greg Sestero & Tommy Wiseau

The first instalment of a two-parter featuring the two 'talents' behind The Room (2003) is a strange mix of self-aware deliberate badness and flashes of legitimately good artfulness. As you might expect, the highlights here are provided by Wiseau's in(s)ane performance.

Tommy Wiseau in Best F(r)iends: Volume One (2017)

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