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The Shape of Water

Baptised into the world of Guillermo del Toro

'Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.'

Guillermo del Toro

Walking into the cinema...

A romance fantasy about a woman who falls in love with The Creature from the Black Lagoon... Only in Guillermo del Toro's world.

Reel Dialogue: 3.5 stars

(Due to the mature content in this film it is for adult audiences only.)

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The Greatest Showman

Don't listen to the amateur historians, this is a great film for the family

'It was great to make a film that all of the family could see' - Hugh Jackman

Walking into the cinema...

The challenge for this film is not that it is a musical about P.T. Barnum as much as it will be to live down the legacy of this consummate showman and the circus that he created.

Reel Dialogue: 3.5 stars

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Reel Dialogue's 2017 Rankings

What are the best and worst films of 2017?

It has been a year of painful box office results and few standouts. The majority of the best films were for mature audiences, while the representation of family films honestly struggled this year.

Despite being a challenging year to pick the best, the teams at Reel Dialogue has looked back over the year and compiled the best and worst films to date in 2017.

Some interesting things to observe: Dunkirk makes the list twice, Superhero films are dominant, Jon Brenthal makes the list multiple times and violence plays a major factor in the year's best films.

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Thor Ragnarok

What can a Marvel film say about death and the apocalypse?

“I lost my hammer, that was just yesterday... it is still pretty fresh.'

Walking into the cinema...

One of the best films of 2016 was 'Hunt for the Widerpeople. ' When Taika Waititi, the director of this fantastic New Zealand gem was announced for Thor: Ragnarok, it could be said that this will be an outing, unlike any other Marvel film.

Reel Dialogue: 4 stars

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