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I Feel Pretty movie review: Amy Schumer miscast in a flaky, hypocritical comedy about inner beauty

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In the under-rated anthology comedy Movie 43, Hugh Jackman plays a hunky bachelor with one, shall we say, slightly unusual thing about him: a pair of huge testicles that dangle from his chin. His shell shocked date, Kate Winslet, cannot take her eyes off them; nor can she understand why nobody else in a busy restaurant appears

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Isle of Dogs film review: the obsessive Wes Anderson creates a visual sensation

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As Alfred Hitchcock once said: “self-plagiarism is style”. The writer/director Wes Anderson, whose best-known films include The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums, has been self-plagiarising for some time now, and boy, is his style distinctive. He is, in fact, among the most visually distinctive auteurs working today. His idiosyncratic, teeth-achingly fastidious aesthetic is defined with labels

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A Quiet Place film review: in a world where humans can’t make noise, Emily Blunt’s performance is loud and thrilling

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Director John Krasinski’s twitchy monster movie A Quiet Place contains shots of a whiteboard, with rather elementary information written on it. The potential number of beasts in the immediate vicinity, for example, and basic techniques for survival in his morbid vision of the future. In almost any other film this would constitute a laughably rudimentary

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A Wrinkle in Time film review: rainbow-coloured family film let down by hammy dialogue and cut-rate philosophising

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Was A Wrinkle in Time intended to be a rainbow-coloured nightmare for children – like Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal, but with an obnoxiously bright palette? The Day-Glo aesthetic in director Ava DuVernay’s mega-budget family film is like a character itself. A character with, of course, no lines of dialogue, unlike the many babbling seers

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Mary Magdalene film review: a pensive, plodding, risk-averse biblical adaptation from Lion director Garth Davis

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The Mary Magdalene depicted in Lion director Garth Davis’ second feature film is a far cry from the desperate damaged goods portrayed by Barbara Hershey in The Last Temptation of Christ, and the swooning, motherly servant who famously sang about not knowing “how to love him” in Jesus Christ Superstar. Both these depictions continued the

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The Death of Stalin film review: masterful political satire is one for the ages

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Armando Iannucci’s new, ferociously sharp and funny tragicomedy explores power-grabbing among top level Russian ministers, in the aftermath of the titular event. The Death of Stalin has drawn many responses along the lines of ‘a film for our times’ and ‘particularly relevant given today’s headlines’. The implication being that Iannucci, creator of The Thick of

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