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Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Candice Bergen, Nico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky Running Time: 97 minutes

First off, Home Again is not a rom-com. Don’t listen to what the critics want to tell you. It follows Alice, played with aplomb by Reese Witherspoon, who has recently left her man-child husband (Michael Sheen) in New York and returned to the restorative comforts of Los Angeles. With the help of her mother, she reclaims her identity and finds fulfilment.

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Director: Woody Allen Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Blake Lively Runtime: 96 minutes

If you want a taste of the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood, Café Society seems to have it all. It has the lavish parties, the decadent clubs and even the criminal undercurrent all on display with lush, saturated colours and the snappy dialogue Woody Allen is known for. But just like Jay Gatsby, Café Society is all style and no substance.

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Director: Pedro Almodóvar Starring: Emma Suarez, Adriana Ugarte Running Time: 96 minutes


In Julieta, the latest film from prolific Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, guilt casts a cloud over everything. It dooms relationships from the beginning, causes dramatic upheavals and deep denials and causes rifts between mother and daughter that neither fully understand until its years too late. Adapting three short stories from the book Runaway by Alice Munro, Almodóvar manages to make one cohesive story, using guilt as a throughline to explore the relationship between a mother and daughter. The director’s melodramatic style is present but toned down in Julieta, which presents the breakdown in their relationship as a mystery where the clues come in the form of character’s neurosis rather than a candle sticks left in conservatories.

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