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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

18 Jul 20183 stars

Cher is divine and the mother-daughter love story is touching in this ABBA-fuelled sequel

Unless you have been in isolation during the hyping of this ABBA-fuelled sequel you must have heard that, if for nothing else, it is worth seeing for the fabulosity that is Cher. And it's no lie. Her character, Ruby, is referenced early in the busy plot…

A Prayer Before Dawn

16 Jul 20184 stars

Joe Cole stuns in Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's gruelling biopic set in a Thai prison

Prison films can provide a fantastic showcase for young actors, due to the sheer volume of suffering their characters are required to endure; think Ray Winstone in Scum, Jack O'Connell in Starred Up or Tahar Rahim in A Prophet. Stepping up here is Joe…

Escape Plan 2

16 Jul 20181 star

Sylvester Stallone and 50 Cent return for a deathly dull and ludicrous sequel

In the overpopulated kingdom of unnecessary sequels, Escape Plan 2 now reigns supreme. This ludicrous, deathly dull follow-up to the 2013 actioner surely only exists because of the big business done by the first film in Asia, which will explain this…

Madame

16 Jul 20183 stars

Upstairs-downstairs comedy from Amanda Sthers, starring Toni Collette and Rossy de Palma

The traditionally British comedy of manners is given a decidedly continental twist by French writer-director Amanda Sthers, buoyed by solid turns from the ever-marvellous Toni Collette as a wealthy, self-centred American in Paris and Pedro Almodóvar…

The Receptionist

16 Jul 20183 stars

Quietly moving drama looking at the plight of migrant workers, from Jenny Lu

The plight of the migrant worker is addressed with good intentions and some solid insight in the micro-budget UK-Taiwanese drama The Receptionist. Jenny Lu's promising debut feature is inspired by true events and strives to present a low-key…