Wicked Little Letters review – a flimsy comic farce

Olivia Colman is hampered by thin material in this overly-quaint parochial Britcom which contains a fair bit of swearing. This coffee table comedy from director Thea Sharrock and writer Jonny Sweet attempts to blow its viewers’ minds with the revelation that it’s not just men who have potty mouths. We’re down in the sleepy seaside […]

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Dune: Part Two – a rousing and stylish hard sci-fi sequel

Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya shine as mystical freedom fighters in this grandiose and often-breathtaking blockbuster. We join Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides at a moment of cautious acceptance, with the prospective mini-messiah having just bested a noted Fremen warrior in a mano-a-mano knife tussle. The first part of Denis Villeneuve’s impressive Dune saga covered the opening […]

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A Traveller’s Needs – first-look review

Isabelle Huppert proves she’s one of the great comic performers in this delightfully meandering character piece from Hong Sang-soo. At the 2024 Berlin Festival, viewers have already been treated to one film in which a bunch of French actors walk around the landscape pretending to be alien interlopers (cf Bruno Dumont’s L’Empire). We now have […]

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Florence Pugh Wears White Minidress With Lacey Cutouts to BAFTAs After-Party

Following the 2024 British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, Oppenheimer‘s Florence Pugh headed to an after-party at Nomad Hotel in London. The actress changed into a new ensemble for the gathering, wearing a white minidress in a lingerie style, with thin straps and several cutouts filled in with white lace. Over her shoulders Pugh wore […]

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A Family – first-look review

Author and regular Claire Denis collaborator Christine Angot creates a harrowing portrait of a family collectively suppressing its traumas. The author Christine Angot will likely be known to English-speaking audiences for her bluntly confessional auto-fictional 1999 novel simply titled, ‘Incest’, but also for having penned screenplays for two excellent films directed by Claire Denis: Let […]

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Society of the Snow review – a visceral survival drama

A harrowing yet incredibly human look at survival in the most desperate circumstances from director JA Bayona. Over the last two decades, hit TV shows like Lost and Yellowjackets have injected supernatural and mystical elements into plane crash survival stories. This nightmare scenario is already terrifying without smoke monsters and creepy symbols carved into wood. […]

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Madame Web review – did anyone involved in this film actually want to be there?

Dakota Johnson delivers a remarkably disinterested performance as a clairvoyant superhero in this shoddy Spider-Man spin-off. There was a time, not so long ago, when every Hollywood actor – A-Lister or aspiring – wanted to be in a superhero movie. At the height of its success, the genre made superstars out of up-and-coming performers including […]

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Kristen Stewart on Her Wedding and Baby Plans With Dylan Meyer—and Why She Is Over Rob Pattinson Questions

Kristen Stewart gave Rolling Stone a very wide-ranging interview—and a peek into her home life and future plans with fiancée Dylan Meyer. Stewart briefly touched on her annoyance with being asked about her relationship with Twilight co-star and ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson over 10 years after their 2013 breakup. Both have moved on; Pattinson is currently […]

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