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EIFF 2019: Bittersweet Symphony (2019) dir: Jamie Adams

This amateurish and unfocussed mess of a film feels like watching someone else's home movie. Despite the evident talents of some of those in front of the camera (including Suki Waterhouse and Jennifer Grey), it is ultimately a rather cringeworthy affair. Oh, and it has nothing to do with The Verve.

Bittersweet Symphony (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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A Star is Born (2018) starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

This fourth incarnation of William A. Wellman and Robert Carson's story turns out to be far from the Cooper/Gaga vanity project that you might have feared. Even Andrew Dice Clay is great in a film whose emotional imprint will stay with you for a long time.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (2018)

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​EIFF 2018: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) starring Ella Hunt

John McPhail's zombie-comedy-musical-high-school-Christmas movie is inventive fun for much of the way but less successful during its darker second half. Still, it's pretty slick for a low-budget production shot in Scotland and is worth seeing for sheer novelty value.

Ella Hunt in Anna and the Apocalypse

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Baby Driver

Joyous blend of genres presented with heart and a cinematic sense of cool that cannot be faked.

Ansel Elgort and Jamie Foxx in Baby Driver

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​La La Land

A delightful and visually stunning musical with great chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

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