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Molly’s Game film review: Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut a snappy poker tale about the American dream

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His Girl Friday, one of the great comedies of the 1940s, is remembered less for what it says, than how it says it. Australian director Bert Deling, who helmed the grungry 1975 classic Pure Shit, showed his cast the film to encourage them to speak faster and remove gaps between sentences. Streams of frantically paced

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The Post film review: history rewritten for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to grandstand

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Daniel Ellsberg, the heroic whistleblower once famously described as ‘the most dangerous man in America’, is shoehorned into a couple of brief moments in Steven Spielberg’s new film The Post. Distracted by other things, such as recalibrating history to suit the presence of his marquee actors – Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks – the director

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The Greatest Showman is the greatest kind of con: a repugnant film full of lies

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Was P.T. Barnum, the pioneering circus owner, impresario and father of the freak show, really the swell bloke – so wise, benevolent and virtuous – portrayed by Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman? A basic understanding of history would suggest the famously exploitative, gawk-for-a-penny entrepreneur was the opposite: a shameless shyster who pocketed a tidy

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The Florida Project review: moving drama explores the concrete backyards of impoverished Americans

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What is the equivalent of a backyard, for a person who doesn’t have one? I found myself in deep contemplation of this question, which I came to identify as a reflection of my own privilege, after watching The Florida Project – the director Sean Baker’s very fine, very moving drama that evokes (a lot more

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi film review: originality strictly forbidden in directed-by-committee blockbuster

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – technically written and directed by Rian Johnson, but really, micromanaged every step of the way by committee at Disney – pretends to contemplate the end of an empire. That much is evident in the title, as in scenes where a grizzled and hermetic Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is so

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