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Director: David Lowery Starring: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Sean Harris, Sarita Choudhury, Joel Edgerton, Barry Keoghan Running Time: 130 minutes


‘The noble knight’ may be one of the original and best exercises in brand management, a close association forged between valour and jobs for the boys that may not really have reflected reality. Knights may have had a code alright, so do pirates. But even, or especially, when we’re telling myths and legends, we can’t help but tell on ourselves.

The original poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a tale of a servant of the realm who gets puffed up by his own importance, acts rashly and violently and is deceitful in his efforts to be honorable. When his dishonesty is revealed, Gawain is declared the most blameless knight in all the land and all the other knights wear a symbol of his adventure as a reminder to always be honest. Sounds a bit like Gawain was “one bad apple” that inspired some spurious reforms to me, and what’s interesting about David Lowery’s take on the legend is the ways in which it builds the gap between the stories that we tell and the cold, harsh reality, and how Dev Patel’s Gawain is used to explore the ways that actually, All Knights Are Bastards.

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Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles Run Time: 123 minutes


Bourne is back. With Matt Damon returning to the franchise after 2012’s sub-par reboot The Bourne Legacy, this latest installment sticks to the tried and true formula of the genre it helped redefine over a decade ago. That’s not to say Jason Bourne is a disappointment. The film manages to keeps an exciting and relentless pace throughout, it just never really reaches new heights. To be honest it doesn’t even feel like it aimed to do so.  We all know what to expect from a Bourne film at this stage, and that’s exactly what it delivers. No more, no less.

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Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander Running Time: 119 minutes

Occasionally, you just have to accept that certain things just aren’t for you, no matter how many acclaimed they are, no matter how many times their virtues are extolled in your general direction. With The Danish Girl, I think it’s time for me to accept that the acting of Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is just not for me. Since the film is essentially a hook to attach to the Oscar-bait that is Redmayne, Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery. is shown to us with his full bag of capital-A Acting tricks, with no tic or titter left unbroadly played.

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