Film review: The Reports on Sarah & Saleem tracks the fallout of an affair in a divided Jerusalem

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Palestinian director Muayad Alayan’s stressful second feature, The Reports on Sarah & Saleem, establishes its central conceit instantly. The film opens on a man counting money and doing paperwork at his small kitchen table. Before we know it there’s a forceful knock at the door and he’s being violently arrested by Israeli security forces. We

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Calm down about those Game of Thrones spoilers: there’s more to a story than its ending

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Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet was a significant cinematic experience for 12-year-old me. The lush aesthetics, the baroque-meets-alt rock-meets-pop soundtrack, baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio – it all mingled to ignite a fierce, burning passion that could only be expressed through an entire bedroom wall plastered with magazine clippings. Of course, we know the

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1985 review: an intensely felt portrait of life in the closet

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Shot on Super 16mm film in black and white, Yen Tan’s 1985 is an intensely felt, claustrophobic and deeply moving portrait of one young man’s closeted life in Reagan-era America. Drawing finely calibrated performances from his leads and deploying an almost desperately restrained filmmaking style, a gentle sadness radiates throughout Tan’s film. Set in the dwindling days of 1985, Cory Michael

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Shazam! review: a heartfelt superhero film that resonates

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There are plenty of moments of joy still to be found wedged inside many of the precision-engineered blockbusters rolling off the contemporary Hollywood production line. The microscopic fight inside a free-falling handbag in 2015’s Ant-Man, say, or the moment in 2017’s Spiderman Homecoming when both superhero and high school plot lines converge – on prom

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Woman at War film review

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Woman at War is a delightful and whimsical Icelandic movie with a plot that is more serious than expected from its billing as a “comedy/thriller/drama”. Halla is the eponymous ‘Mountain Woman’ who is an activist fighting a power company who are trying to finalise a mysterious deal with Chinese investors. In between sabotaging power lines and skilfully evading capture from the local

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