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12 Strong

22 Jan 20183 stars

Spectacular but simplified Afghanistan war film, starring Chris Hemsworth

War never goes out of fashion as a cinematic staple; even during the Obama-era, Lone Survivor, Act of Valor and 13 Hours flew the flag for the brave US soldier as global policeman. Danish director Nicolai Fuglsig's debut feature 12 Strong follows the…

Early Man

22 Jan 20184 stars

Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston lend their voices to Aardman's prehistoric shenanigans

Between Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Blue Sky's Ice Age and DreamWorks' The Croods, audiences' appetite for animated prehistoric parody seems well covered. Happily, no-one told Aardman Animations. If sea-faring competitors couldn't dampen the comic…

The Post

15 Jan 20183 stars

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks team up for this flashy Oscar bait from Steven Spielberg

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg join forces for a story of journalistic integrity in perhaps one of the most Oscar-enticing concoctions in recent memory. What's more, it's co-written by Josh Singer who won an Academy Award for his…

Coco

15 Jan 20184 stars

Gorgeous, heartfelt animation from Pixar, resplendent in its love for Mexican traditions

Oscar Wilde once wrote that, 'Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories,' and so it goes in the heartrending animation Coco, which sees a young boy unlock the secrets of his ancestry through his clandestine love for song. Set in a…

The Commuter

15 Jan 20182 stars

Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra reunite for another generic geriaction flick

The title and star – Liam Neeson – tell you all you need to know about the latest B-movie from Jaume Collet-Serra. The Spanish filmmaker has already directed Neeson's post-Taken 'geriaction' hero in Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night. The Commuter…