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Review of the musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, with music from the La La Land team. Starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum. Great choreography, vibrant colour, memorable songs. You can’t go wrong.

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The Awards Season brings all the best films in quick succession, so our second in two days is Joe Wright’s DARKEST HOUR starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and Lily James as Elizabeth Layton, his young secretary. Britain has spent 2017 obsessed with World War II movies and it looks as if 2018 is a continuation.

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Review of Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is linked.  It’s hoovering up awards, and rightly so. A magically Irish tale, even when transferred to rural America. Frances McDormand, as Mildred Hayes, can only be the best actress of the last year.

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Film reviews continue with HOSTILES, the latest candidate for the revival of Classic Westerns, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike. The beginning of the year is usually the time when the best films are released the UK. This will be one of the best.

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Review added of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. My thoughts on Episode VIII.

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My third set, BEST OF 2017 – SCREEN is now online. Follow the link.

My favourite film and TV of the year. A very personal choice.

My BEST OF 2017- MUSIC  (FOLLOW LINK) is now online.

  • Best new albums
  • Best reissue
  • Best archive issues
  • Best tracks
  • Most played 2017
  • Best concerts
  • Best support bands