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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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New Melbourne International Film Festival director appointed

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The board of Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced the appointment of Al Cossar as the festival’s new artistic director. He takes up the position formally in October. Cossar has been acting as interim artistic director of this year’s festival for the outgoing MIFF director, Michelle Carey, who took maternity leave in October 2017. She has held the

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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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Tully film review: Charlize Theron impresses in a monstrously shot and contrived drama

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Charlize Theron plays a sleep-deprived, overworked and under-loved mother of three young children in Tully, whose spirit is rejuvenated when a ‘night nanny’ provides a panacea for her woes. Screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman (their third collaboration, following Juno and Young Adult) revisit Mary Poppins by way of bleary-eyed Middle America, substituting the

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