T2 Trainspotting movie review

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The long-awaited Trainspotting sequel begins, of all places, in a gym. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) is stomping on a treadmill while the director Danny Boyle violently assaults his audience with techno music. It’s an interesting way to begin a follow-up to a famously scatty and notoriously confrontational film about a group of hoggish British junkies

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The Great Wall movie review – the first blockbuster for the Trump era

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Following the election of a pumpkin-skinned President and the associated Trumpification of American politics, film critics have been on the look out for movies that might in some way correspond to the zeitgeist. Observers down in the mouth about the present political situation in the White House have, for example, suggested comedies or musicals boast

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Toni Erdmann movie review

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Nothing strikes terror in the heart of parents quite like the thought of calamity befalling their children. But in writer/director Maren Ade’s already legendary (and freshly Oscar-nominated) German dramedy Toni Erdmann, a father inflicts cataclysmic misfortune onto his daughter very deliberately, swinging his madness around like a wrecking ball and infusing her life with chaos.

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Hidden Figures movie review: a postcard history lesson

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At the start of director Theodore Melfi’s Oscar-nominated historical drama Hidden Figures, we are introduced to a precocious young girl and informed she is a prodigy. The script lays it on thick: “in all my years of teaching …” we hear her primary school teacher say, understanding immediately that young Katherine Coleman (Lidya Jewett) is

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Manchester by the Sea movie review – an American masterpiece

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Is a flashback, like a voice-over narration, a powerful device too often over-used and under-thought? We’ve recently seen the technique put to highly memorable effect in the science fiction film Arrival. In that film, director Denis Villeneuve played with what a flashback (or ‘switchback’ as they were once known) might mean in a universe where time is a palindrome:

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Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time

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Anybody distressed by the election of Donald Trump will know that currently turning on a television or checking social media constitutes an act of self-flagellation. The American despot’s tan-stained mug is appearing everywhere, in our dreams and waking hours alike, as if it were a new pumpkin-coloured Babadook. Since Trump’s upset win in November, documentarians

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Live by Night movie review

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The Sad Affleck meme was forged in the ruins of Batman V. Superman’s theatrical release, when it became clear critics viewed it as a sort of cinematic stinkbomb: off-putting and with no lasting impact. Ben Affleck has reason to get the blues again with Live by Night, a project even closer to his heart. Affleck

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Moonlight movie review: an extraordinary film about the ordinary

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There’s a scene early in writer/director Barry Jenkins’ magnificent give-him-the-Oscar-now-and-throw-in-a-Nobel-Peace-Prize-while-you’re-at-it drama Moonlight that takes place at a Miami beach. The camera bobs up and down as the protagonist, a young boy named Chiron (Alex Hibbert) is held by a large adult man beneath a pale blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Chiron is being taught

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