Ladies in Black film review

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Bruce Beresford has a repertoire of films that stretch from broad and iconic comedies (The Adventures of Barry McKenzie) to brilliant and nuanced relationship studies (Tender Mercies and the Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy among them). Despite his extraordinary track-record, it has taken him 25 years to pull together the financing to adapt Australian writer-expat, Madeleine

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The Royal Wedding: Suits actress brings audacity, conviction, compassion and relevance to the Crown

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When Bishop Michael Curry, the African American head of the American Episcopal Church, went off script at the wedding of Meghan and Harry and launched into a riveting and chaotic monologue about love, he turned a Royal Wedding into the greatest theatrical moment on live TV so far this century. All those lefty republicans who studiously

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Loveless movie review: a sad, elegant jewel of a film

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A Russian couple are deep in the horror of divorce when their son goes missing from their apartment. This is virtually the entire plot of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar-nominated film – its simplicity defying the intricacies of suspense which I would guess make this the most brutally suspenseful and beautiful film of the year. Behind a bathroom

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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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