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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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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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