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Review | Scream movie review: slasher horror series’ fifth instalment, again mixing Neve Campbell with a new cast, lives up to its grisly promise

Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox return alongside new faces in the fifth instalment of Scream, which delivers on the tension, gore and straight-up scares it promises.

Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox return alongside new faces in the fifth instalment of Scream, which delivers on the tension, gore and straight-up scares it promises.

12 Jan 2022 - 7:09PM
Review | The 355 movie review: Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger lead A-list cast in female-driven spy thriller with a dismal story

Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger and Penélope Cruz lead an A-list cast (look out for Fan Bingbing) in The 355 – a female-driven spy thriller with a dismal, Z-list story.

Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger and Penélope Cruz lead an A-list cast (look out for Fan Bingbing) in The 355 – a female-driven spy thriller with a dismal, Z-list story.

7 Jan 2022 - 4:16AM
Why Titane, Julia Ducournau’s 2021 Cannes Palme d’Or winner, may be the most extreme movie you’ll see all year

French director Julia Ducournau talks about her 2021 Cannes Palme d’Or winner that stars Agathe Rousselle as a psychotic woman with a fetishistic attraction to cars.

French director Julia Ducournau talks about her 2021 Cannes Palme d’Or winner that stars Agathe Rousselle as a psychotic woman with a fetishistic attraction to cars.

4 Jan 2022 - 4:15PM
Review | The Matrix Resurrections movie review: Keanu Reeves returns as The One in Lana Wachowski’s exhilarating reboot of the sci-fi action series

Keanu Reeves returns in The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth film in the sci-fi saga and a hugely enjoyable reboot of its conspiracy-inspiring world.

Keanu Reeves returns in The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth film in the sci-fi saga and a hugely enjoyable reboot of its conspiracy-inspiring world.

22 Dec 2021 - 1:19AM
Oscars 2022: Kristen Stewart on bringing Princess Diana to life in Spencer, Pablo Larrain’s haunting royal drama, and the movie’s profound effect on them both

Kristen Stewart and Chilean director Pablo Larrain sit down to talk about Spencer, the first theatrical documentary about Diana, and the profound effect making it had on them both.

Kristen Stewart and Chilean director Pablo Larrain sit down to talk about Spencer, the first theatrical documentary about Diana, and the profound effect making it had on them both.

21 Dec 2021 - 5:15PM
Review | Spider-Man: No Way Home movie review – Tom Holland’s superhero tackles the multiverse in Marvel’s euphoric effort to recall the franchise’s past

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a huge return to form after the disappointment of Marvel’s last movie Eternals, and a memorable euphoric upswing for the genre.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a huge return to form after the disappointment of Marvel’s last movie Eternals, and a memorable euphoric upswing for the genre.

16 Dec 2021 - 6:00PM
Review | The King’s Man movie review: Ralph Fiennes plays action hero in old-fashioned spy adventure

Ralph Fiennes plays the action hero gentleman spy role to the max, while Rhys Ifans is brilliant as the mad monk Rasputin in this prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Ralph Fiennes plays the action hero gentleman spy role to the max, while Rhys Ifans is brilliant as the mad monk Rasputin in this prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service.

15 Dec 2021 - 1:00AM
Review | Netflix movie review: Don’t Look Up – Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence try to save the world in star-studded tragicomic satire

Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet – Netflix film Don’t Look Up’s all-star cast makes a great film even better as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence try to stop a giant comet wiping out Earth.

Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet – Netflix film Don’t Look Up’s all-star cast makes a great film even better as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence try to stop a giant comet wiping out Earth.

8 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
Review | West Side Story movie review: Steven Spielberg remake offers a respectable encore to the classic musical

A fine introduction to the timeless tragic tale if you are new to it, Spielberg’s remake hardly breaks new ground, bar one character switch. The choreography is bright, the singing not on a par with the 1961 original.

A fine introduction to the timeless tragic tale if you are new to it, Spielberg’s remake hardly breaks new ground, bar one character switch. The choreography is bright, the singing not on a par with the 1961 original.

3 Dec 2021 - 1:21AM
Review | House of Gucci movie review: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino in Ridley Scott’s old-fashioned fashion scandal drama

Lady Gaga commands the screen throughout House of Gucci, a wildly excessive true-life tale of murder and vengeance in the world of fashion co-starring Adam Driver and Al Pacino.

Lady Gaga commands the screen throughout House of Gucci, a wildly excessive true-life tale of murder and vengeance in the world of fashion co-starring Adam Driver and Al Pacino.

23 Nov 2021 - 12:00PM
Review | Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie review – Jason Reitman breathes new life into supernatural comedy series with family-friendly sequel

Familiar ghosts, gadgets and characters are there in plenty in Jason Reitman’s affectionate return to the supernatural comedy series, with the action moving to an apparently sleepy Oklahoma town.

Familiar ghosts, gadgets and characters are there in plenty in Jason Reitman’s affectionate return to the supernatural comedy series, with the action moving to an apparently sleepy Oklahoma town.

17 Nov 2021 - 5:29PM
Review | Netflix movie review: Red Notice – Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot in glossy but forgettable art heist movie

Netflix movie Red Notice may star Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, but you won’t remember a thing about this empty-headed outing after watching it.

Netflix movie Red Notice may star Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, but you won’t remember a thing about this empty-headed outing after watching it.

4 Nov 2021 - 2:00PM
20 years on from the premiere of first Harry Potter movie, franchise is still spawning spin-off films and, perhaps, a TV series

The first Harry Potter movie premiered in London on November 4, 2001, to popular and critical acclaim. It was the start of Potter movie mania.

The first Harry Potter movie premiered in London on November 4, 2001, to popular and critical acclaim. It was the start of Potter movie mania.

4 Nov 2021 - 12:16PM
Review | Eternals movie review: Marvel superhero epic with Chloé Zhao, Oscar winner, directing is a middling effort that struggles to accommodate its all-star cast

The latest Marvel film, directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao and with an all-star cast including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, struggles to find its rhythm.

The latest Marvel film, directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao and with an all-star cast including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, struggles to find its rhythm.

25 Oct 2021 - 2:00AM
Review | The Man with the Answers movie review: two gay men hit it off in quietly touching LGBT road movie

Vasilis Magouliotis and Anton Weil star in this brisk LGBT movie from Greek first-time director Stelios Kammitsis, who’ll have you wanting to follow the story through to the end.

Vasilis Magouliotis and Anton Weil star in this brisk LGBT movie from Greek first-time director Stelios Kammitsis, who’ll have you wanting to follow the story through to the end.

20 Oct 2021 - 9:15PM
Review | Ron’s Gone Wrong movie review: making friends with robots in sweet and prescient animated gem

Zach Galifianakis voices a malfunctioning robot in this funny, touching and subversive tale that takes to task tech companies like Facebook for accessing our data.

Zach Galifianakis voices a malfunctioning robot in this funny, touching and subversive tale that takes to task tech companies like Facebook for accessing our data.

11 Oct 2021 - 11:33AM
Review | Netflix movie review: The Harder They Fall – Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors in blood-soaked Western with a wry sense of humour

Netflix movie The Harder They Fall has a cast of African-American characters that put a distinct spin on the genre in this explosive Western.

Netflix movie The Harder They Fall has a cast of African-American characters that put a distinct spin on the genre in this explosive Western.

7 Oct 2021 - 11:04AM
Review | No Time to Die movie review: Daniel Craig as James Bond bows out in fitting style – this is a throwback to the muscular Bond of the 1960s

Packed with emotion, grandeur and thrilling action, No Time to Die is Bond at its most ballsy. Daniel Craig’s 007 is lured out of retirement to confront some old foes bent on world domination.

Packed with emotion, grandeur and thrilling action, No Time to Die is Bond at its most ballsy. Daniel Craig’s 007 is lured out of retirement to confront some old foes bent on world domination.

30 Sep 2021 - 12:59PM
Review | My Little Pony: A New Generation movie review – sparkles, songs and magic in latest animated feature based on the Hasbro toy range

Vanessa Hudgens and James Marsden voice this animated film that, while catering to a certain audience, never gets too preachy and has neat sight gags for adults to enjoy.

Vanessa Hudgens and James Marsden voice this animated film that, while catering to a certain audience, never gets too preachy and has neat sight gags for adults to enjoy.

21 Sep 2021 - 9:00PM
Venice 2021: the 10 best movies, from Happening, the Golden Lion winner, to Netflix’s The Power of the Dog with Benedict Cumberbatch, Dune, and Parallel Mothers with Penélope Cruz

From Golden Lion winner Happening to Netflix’s The Power of the Dog with Benedict Cumberbatch, here are 10 of the best from Venice 2021.

From Golden Lion winner Happening to Netflix’s The Power of the Dog with Benedict Cumberbatch, here are 10 of the best from Venice 2021.

14 Sep 2021 - 2:10PM
Review | Venice 2021: The Last Duel movie review – Matt Damon, Adam Driver in Ridley Scott’s historical epic

The story of duel to the death between two medieval French noblemen, Scott’s film sees Damon’s warrior fight a former friend to whom he loses his rank and land and who his wife accuses of rape.

The story of duel to the death between two medieval French noblemen, Scott’s film sees Damon’s warrior fight a former friend to whom he loses his rank and land and who his wife accuses of rape.

11 Sep 2021 - 3:30AM
Review | Venice 2021: Halloween Kills movie review – Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer in latest sequel to John Carpenter’s classic slasher film

Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer star in this latest sequel to John Carpenter’s classic slasher film that will make gore hounds very happy.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer star in this latest sequel to John Carpenter’s classic slasher film that will make gore hounds very happy.

14 Sep 2021 - 2:23PM
Review | Venice 2021: Last Night in Soho movie review – Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie excel in Edgar Wright’s psychological horror

Baby Driver director returns to psychological horror with Last Night In Soho, a heady whirl into a fantasy world set in the Swinging Sixties.

Baby Driver director returns to psychological horror with Last Night In Soho, a heady whirl into a fantasy world set in the Swinging Sixties.

14 Sep 2021 - 2:19PM
Review | Venice 2021: Dune movie review – Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya star in epic sci-fi masterpiece that leaves space for a sequel or two

An epic on a gargantuan scale, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and a stellar ensemble cast, is a feat of creative imagination that must consign David Lynch’s 1984 version to oblivion.

An epic on a gargantuan scale, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and a stellar ensemble cast, is a feat of creative imagination that must consign David Lynch’s 1984 version to oblivion.

14 Sep 2021 - 2:19PM
Review | Venice 2021: Spencer movie review – Kristen Stewart impresses as Princess Diana in character study by Jackie director Pablo Larraín

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, who gave us a character study of another woman in crisis in Jackie, directs Stewart in ‘a fable from a true tragedy’.

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, who gave us a character study of another woman in crisis in Jackie, directs Stewart in ‘a fable from a true tragedy’.

14 Sep 2021 - 2:20PM
Review | Venice 2021: The Power of the Dog movie review – Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst in Jane Campion’s powerful tale of sexuality and sibling rivalry

Cumberbatch ventures into new territory in Jane Campion’s film as a tough Western rancher who despises his brother’s new love (Kirsten Dunst) in this powerful tale of hidden sexuality.

Cumberbatch ventures into new territory in Jane Campion’s film as a tough Western rancher who despises his brother’s new love (Kirsten Dunst) in this powerful tale of hidden sexuality.

14 Sep 2021 - 2:21PM
Review | Venice 2021: Parallel Mothers movie review – Penélope Cruz stars in Pedro Almodóvar’s thought-provoking melodrama, set against Spain’s history of dictatorship

Penélope Cruz plays a photographer who has a child after an affair in a thought-provoking movie full of twists and a with a subplot about the legacy of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain.

Penélope Cruz plays a photographer who has a child after an affair in a thought-provoking movie full of twists and a with a subplot about the legacy of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain.

14 Sep 2021 - 2:20PM
Simu Liu on being Marvel’s first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and how it can build a bridge between cultures

Simu Liu’s lead role in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gave him the chance of a lifetime and a way to celebrate his Chinese heritage.

Simu Liu’s lead role in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gave him the chance of a lifetime and a way to celebrate his Chinese heritage.

3 Sep 2021 - 12:10PM
Review | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings movie review: Simu Liu, Tony Leung face off in Marvel’s first Asian superhero origin story

A highly enjoyable tale of father-son rivalry, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings perfectly showcases Simu Liu’s remarkable martial arts skills.

A highly enjoyable tale of father-son rivalry, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings perfectly showcases Simu Liu’s remarkable martial arts skills.

2 Sep 2021 - 12:59PM
Review | Candyman movie review: supernatural horror sequel starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is fresh, frightening and relevant

This slick, well-written sequel to 1992’s Candyman features plenty of subtle nods to the original, but nothing feels like it’s been done just to please its fans.

This slick, well-written sequel to 1992’s Candyman features plenty of subtle nods to the original, but nothing feels like it’s been done just to please its fans.

26 Aug 2021 - 12:00AM