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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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Black Panther’s “voluptuous” sets are influenced by architect Zaha Hadid, says production designer

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The afrofuturist architecture featured in hit movie Black Panther is an unexpected blend of Zaha Hadid and Buckingham Palace, according to designer Hannah Beachler. This article was first published on leading architecture and design website Dezeen. Beachler, who worked as production designer on the $US200 million movie, told Dezeen that she visited buildings by the

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Win a $110 DVD pack: Shot Caller, Machete Kills, Transport 3, Transporter Refuelled, Red, 44 Inch Chest, Red and In Bruges

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If you like prison movies, then this one is for you. In Shot Caller, Jacob Harlon (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones) is a successful businessman “who after killing a man in a DUI car accident is sent to a maximum security prison where he soon realises he must adapt or die’’. And like all good prison

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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 Square movie review: a savagely funny parable

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Much has been made of Ruben Ostlund’s The Square as a satire of the contemporary art world, complete with extraordinary set pieces about avant-garde conceptual art. But Claes Bang’s charismatic performance as Christian, a suavely dressed, cool-cat curator in a showy, modern Stockholm museum, is so nuanced and compelling that what might have been a

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