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The Post film review: history rewritten for Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to grandstand

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Daniel Ellsberg, the heroic whistleblower once famously described as ‘the most dangerous man in America’, is shoehorned into a couple of brief moments in Steven Spielberg’s new film The Post. Distracted by other things, such as recalibrating history to suit the presence of his marquee actors – Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks – the director

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The Greatest Showman is the greatest kind of con: a repugnant film full of lies

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Was P.T. Barnum, the pioneering circus owner, impresario and father of the freak show, really the swell bloke – so wise, benevolent and virtuous – portrayed by Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman? A basic understanding of history would suggest the famously exploitative, gawk-for-a-penny entrepreneur was the opposite: a shameless shyster who pocketed a tidy

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The Florida Project review: moving drama explores the concrete backyards of impoverished Americans

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What is the equivalent of a backyard, for a person who doesn’t have one? I found myself in deep contemplation of this question, which I came to identify as a reflection of my own privilege, after watching The Florida Project – the director Sean Baker’s very fine, very moving drama that evokes (a lot more

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Wolf Creek season two review: John Jarratt’s great, shit-eating villain returns

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Australian film and television has two great tourism ambassadors called Mick. The first, surname Dundee, famously compared knife sizes with ruffians in New York in the 1980s. The other, surname Taylor, has a more hands-on approach to knives, as the flannie connoisseur antagonist – played with shit-eating glare and pig-like chortle by John Jarratt –

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi film review: originality strictly forbidden in directed-by-committee blockbuster

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – technically written and directed by Rian Johnson, but really, micromanaged every step of the way by committee at Disney – pretends to contemplate the end of an empire. That much is evident in the title, as in scenes where a grizzled and hermetic Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is so

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Voyeur film review: squeamishly riveting study of perverts and journalistic ethics

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Is Voyeur the ultimate Peeping Tom documentary? Netflix’s squirmish, disturbingly compelling stranger-than-fiction story from co-directors Myles Kane and Josh Koury is twisty like a pretzel, and fascinated by oddities of human behaviour. It is one part a true crime yarn, one part a carnival of journalistic conundrums – presenting a prickly, vexing set of circumstances

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Reflecting on Jim & Andy: characters and moments in a postmodern world of performances within performances

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It’s been almost a week since I pressed play on Netflix’s original documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, and this unusually captivating film – partly about Jim Carrey, and partly about the late American comedian Andy Kaufman – is still on the stage in my mind, performing shtick and rambling into the microphone. Its

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