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The Square movie review: a savagely funny parable

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Much has been made of Ruben Ostlund’s The Square as a satire of the contemporary art world, complete with extraordinary set pieces about avant-garde conceptual art. But Claes Bang’s charismatic performance as Christian, a suavely dressed, cool-cat curator in a showy, modern Stockholm museum, is so nuanced and compelling that what might have been a

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The Beguiled movie review

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Sofia Coppola, a painterly director if ever there was one, eschews the complexity of the “real world” for a curated narrative frame. She did this with the sumptuous spaces of the Tokyo Park Hyatt in Lost in Translation (a perfect film), with the American suburbs in The Virgin Suicides and with Versailles in Marie Antoinette. In The

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Twentieth Century Women film review

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The plethora of compulsive viewing television series which has become the crack of cinephiles, has acclimatised us to story-heavy narratives that specialise in cliff-hangers or surprise twists. But here is a captivating film that eschews the appetite for plot in favour of mood and character and the nuances of rites of passage. Like Noah Baumbach’s

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Elle movie review: a disturbingly unhistrionic portrait of a rape

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Spoiler alert!  Isabelle Huppert plays Michele Leblanc, a well-to-do partner in a successful video game company, employing good looking amoral hipsters who are paid to produce video games in which damsels are sexually penetrated by the tentacles of mythological beasts. Her corporate lingua franca with her female business partner (played by Anne Consigny) is violent, corporate

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Julieta Movie review: Almodavar’s intense and quiet beauty

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Spoilers ahead! Pedro Almodovar’s newest film, Julieta, is thematically true Almodovar: a touching, emotionally highly calibrated story of a mother and daughter, history, chance and identity. But its origins come from the least likely Almodavarian source: three short stories by Alice Munro – from her 2004 collection Runaway: Chance, Soon and Silence. Munro is the

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Embrace of the Serpent movie review

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Films about men against nature are not uncommon but this Columbian epic, nominated for an Oscar for best foreign-language film, is more than uncommon – you are unlikely to see anything like it again. Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Kurasowa’s Dersu Uzala are all present in this film, but Ciro Guerra

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The Eye in the Sky Movie review

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This ingenious political thriller directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) is ostensibly about warfare, but more interestingly, perhaps, it is about the distance of modern decision-making from its repercussions. In the modern world, politicians sitting in rooms in Westminster have drone-facilitated windows into terrorist dens in Africa. American pilots launch weapons from small windowless boxes in Nevada.

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