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First Man film review: Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic is big on thrills and short on heart

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What is more important for a filmmaker: telling an interesting story in interesting ways, or attempting to evoke the sensation that ‘you were there’? In his historical drama First Man, about the career and various NASA missions of astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong (played by a workman-like, restraint-exhibiting Ryan Gosling), director

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Submergence film review: a wishy-washy romantic drama from German director Wim Wenders

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Has there been another film, in recent years, with so much pining and so little emotion? We are told many times throughout director Wim Wender’s meditative romantic drama Submergence that the two lead characters – British secret agent James Moore (James McAvoy) and deep-sea diving bio-mathematician Danny (Alicia Vikander) – are in love, or at

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Funny Cow film review: a morbidly gloomy drama about a struggling female comedian

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Director Adrian Shergold’s morbidly gloomy drama Funny Cow follows a working class female comedian as she struggles through the Northern England stand-up scene circa the 1970s. Tony Pitts’ screenplay paints a general picture of life on skid row, rather than a particular insight into the craft of comedy or what motivates joke-makers to flagellate themselves in

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Ant-Man and the Wasp film review: tiny ideas in second film starring Marvel’s miniature hero

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The first appearance of the miniature superhero Ant-Man was in a 1962 comic book called Tales to Astonish, published five years after The Incredible Shrinking Man arrived in cinemas. This classic midnight movie is famous for scenes featuring the titular protagonist battling a spider with a pin raided from a sewing kit, and navigating comparatively huge household

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Nanette review: Hannah Gadsby’s brilliant Netflix special is going to set fire to the internet

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To say that Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix comedy special Nanette leaves a lasting impression is to put it very, very lightly. I’ve watched this extraordinary show twice, on both occasions fighting back tears in its final minutes, struck by a range of emotions: shame, shock, consternation, compassion, something resembling hope for a brighter future. Taking the

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