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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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Annihilation film review: the ambitious Netflix sci-fi thriller that Hollywood lost faith in

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The new science fiction thriller from novelist-cum-director Alex Garland, Annihilation, is precisely the kind of film risk-averse Hollywood studios take the scissors to. Cinematographer Rob Hardy’s gloomy, overcast aesthetic eventually brightens, but the protagonist – a professor of cellular biology, played by Natalie Portman – becomes no more relatable, and the actor’s performance no less

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Red Sparrow film review: Jennifer Lawrence leads a stylistically shallow and ideologically putrid spy movie

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Following her wall-rattling performance in Darren Aronofsky’s putrid biblical allegory mother!, Jennifer Lawrence again summons seismic, screen-buckling presence in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. And again the might of her acting – which has an almost otherworldly oomph to it, like a fallen angel or a demigoddess – is smothered by a directorial vision obsessed

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The Riot review: ABC TV’s Gay Mardi Gras drama

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As we stumble through our daily lives forced to partake in that, at times, insufferable activity known as ‘conversation’, we are all doomed to experience what the French call l’esprit d’escalier. In English, this is known as ‘stairway wit’ or ‘the stairway syndrome,’ referring to how the perfect riposte arrives in one’s mind too late –

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