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Good Omens: will gods smile on TV adaptation of famous book? All the early signs look like they will

Neil Gaiman has adapted his and Terry Pratchett’s beloved joint novel for an Amazon Prime series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, while Benedict Cumberbatch and Frances McDormand voice Satan and God.

25 May 2019 - 8:00PM

Neil Gaiman has adapted his and Terry Pratchett’s beloved joint novel for an Amazon Prime series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, while Benedict Cumberbatch and Frances McDormand voice Satan and God.

Good Omens: will gods smile on TV adaptation of famous book? All the early signs look like they will
Review | Cannes 2019: Parasite film review – Bong Joon-ho’s sublime family drama lends a demented twist to class divide

Story of a poor family who con their way into working for a rich couple is just made for the big screen. Superbly scripted and shot, the acting is excellent. Full of twists, shocks, and the blackest humour, this is bravura filmmaking.

22 May 2019 - 5:41PM

Story of a poor family who con their way into working for a rich couple is just made for the big screen. Superbly scripted and shot, the acting is excellent. Full of twists, shocks, and the blackest humour, this is bravura filmmaking.

Cannes 2019: Parasite film review – Bong Joon-ho’s sublime family drama lends a demented twist to class divide
Review | Cannes 2019: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood film review – Tarantino’s slow-burn love letter to the movies

Set in 1969, months before the Manson Family murders, and built around cinema’s best buddy bromance in years, between Leonardo DiCaprio’s washed up actor and his loyal stunt double Brad Pitt, this is wild and weird.

22 May 2019 - 11:54AM

Set in 1969, months before the Manson Family murders, and built around cinema’s best buddy bromance in years, between Leonardo DiCaprio’s washed up actor and his loyal stunt double Brad Pitt, this is wild and weird.

Cannes 2019: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood film review – Tarantino’s slow-burn love letter to the movies
Review | Cannes 2019: A Hidden Life film review – Terrence Malick returns to form with profound second world war drama

True story of a conscientious objector in an Austrian village who would rather die than swear allegiance to Hitler is superbly acted and beautifully shot.

20 May 2019 - 12:45PM

True story of a conscientious objector in an Austrian village who would rather die than swear allegiance to Hitler is superbly acted and beautifully shot.

Cannes 2019: A Hidden Life film review – Terrence Malick returns to form with profound second world war drama
Review | Cannes 2019: Rocketman film review – Taron Egerton superb as Elton John in musical biopic

Styled as a fantasy musical, Dexter Fletcher’s film covers the base points of the singer’s life but doesn’t stick strictly to the facts; musical numbers are staged with panache, with Egerton commanding on stage.

17 May 2019 - 4:24PM

Styled as a fantasy musical, Dexter Fletcher’s film covers the base points of the singer’s life but doesn’t stick strictly to the facts; musical numbers are staged with panache, with Egerton commanding on stage.

Cannes 2019: Rocketman film review – Taron Egerton superb as Elton John in musical biopic
Review | Cannes 2019: The Dead Don’t Die film review – Jim Jarmusch has a blast with all-star zombie comedy

Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, and Chloe Sevigny star in this cops vs corpses story that’s full of in-jokes and Jarmusch references. Zombies have never looked as cool as this.

15 May 2019 - 11:22AM

Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, and Chloe Sevigny star in this cops vs corpses story that’s full of in-jokes and Jarmusch references. Zombies have never looked as cool as this.

Cannes 2019: The Dead Don’t Die film review – Jim Jarmusch has a blast with all-star zombie comedy
Review | Never Look Away film review: The Lives of Others director returns to form with Gerhard Richter-inspired drama

Story of the life of a German artist spans 30 years from his childhood in the 1930s. Oscar- winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is supported by great casting; Sebastian Koch shines as a former Nazi eugenicist.

8 May 2019 - 7:00AM

Story of the life of a German artist spans 30 years from his childhood in the 1930s. Oscar- winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is supported by great casting; Sebastian Koch shines as a former Nazi eugenicist.

Never Look Away film review: The Lives of Others director returns to form with Gerhard Richter-inspired drama
Review | Yesterday film review: a world without The Beatles – Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s comedy

In this tale of a man who becomes the only person to have heard of The Beatles, Himesh Patel plays Jack, who becomes world famous singing Beatles songs after their existence is erased in a mysterious global blackout.

5 May 2019 - 1:00PM

In this tale of a man who becomes the only person to have heard of The Beatles, Himesh Patel plays Jack, who becomes world famous singing Beatles songs after their existence is erased in a mysterious global blackout.

Yesterday film review: a world without The Beatles – Ed Sheeran plays himself in Danny Boyle’s comedy
Review | Pokémon Detective Pikachu film review: Ryan Reynolds in surprisingly enjoyable fantasy mystery

This lavish tale of a Pokémon with amnesia is a mixture of CGI and live action and film noir. Reynolds voices Pikachu like a child-friendly version of his Deadpool character.

3 May 2019 - 9:30AM

This lavish tale of a Pokémon with amnesia is a mixture of CGI and live action and film noir. Reynolds voices Pikachu like a child-friendly version of his Deadpool character.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu film review: Ryan Reynolds in surprisingly enjoyable fantasy mystery
Vox Lux: why Natalie Portman turned into a pop star for dark tale of celebrity and mass shootings

Portman plays a girl who is injured in a shooting and records a tribute to the victims that makes her a star. The cast and director talk about Sia, celebrity, violence and the media.

1 May 2019 - 8:00PM

Portman plays a girl who is injured in a shooting and records a tribute to the victims that makes her a star. The cast and director talk about Sia, celebrity, violence and the media.

Vox Lux: why Natalie Portman turned into a pop star for dark tale of celebrity and mass shootings
Review | Girls of the Sun film review: Golshifteh Farahani fights ISIS in all-female war movie

Directed by Eva Husson, Girls of the Sun celebrates the indomitable female spirit as it follows an all-female battalion in the Kurdish army who fought against the Islamic extremists of ISIS.

30 Apr 2019 - 3:00PM

Directed by Eva Husson, Girls of the Sun celebrates the indomitable female spirit as it follows an all-female battalion in the Kurdish army who fought against the Islamic extremists of ISIS.

Girls of the Sun film review: Golshifteh Farahani fights ISIS in all-female war movie
Avengers: Endgame directors on their Marvel Cinematic Universe journey

Anthony and Joe Russo have directed four of the franchise’s films and were given responsibility to close the US$17 billion-grossing series. Both are well aware of the huge responsibility they have taken on, but feel the film will live up to its billing.

17 Apr 2019 - 8:38PM

Anthony and Joe Russo have directed four of the franchise’s films and were given responsibility to close the US$17 billion-grossing series. Both are well aware of the huge responsibility they have taken on, but feel the film will live up to its billing.

Avengers: Endgame directors on their Marvel Cinematic Universe journey
Review | Hellboy film review: Stranger Things’ David Harbour anchors kitsch and excessively gory reboot

Starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour this blood-splattered, ripsnorting reboot is sure to get your heart thumping. Harbour is an excellent Hellboy, delivering his sardonic put-downs just right.

12 Apr 2019 - 11:26AM

Starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour this blood-splattered, ripsnorting reboot is sure to get your heart thumping. Harbour is an excellent Hellboy, delivering his sardonic put-downs just right.

Hellboy film review: Stranger Things’ David Harbour anchors kitsch and excessively gory reboot
Game of Thrones Season 8: actors talk about series finale and fans’ funniest predictions

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and other Thrones stars gathered at London’s Corinthia Hotel recently to talk about saying goodbye and fans’ funniest theories on how it will all turn out.

9 Apr 2019 - 7:33PM

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and other Thrones stars gathered at London’s Corinthia Hotel recently to talk about saying goodbye and fans’ funniest theories on how it will all turn out.

Game of Thrones Season 8: actors talk about series finale and fans’ funniest predictions
Review | Dumbo film review: Tim Burton’s live-action take on 1941 Disney cartoon is a beautifully realised flight of fancy

Long-time Dumbo fans will get a kick out of the film, while a new generation of kids will surely fall for the playful pachyderm. And hats off to the film’s visual effects team, who have done wonderful job realising the elephant.

27 Mar 2019 - 12:28AM

Long-time Dumbo fans will get a kick out of the film, while a new generation of kids will surely fall for the playful pachyderm. And hats off to the film’s visual effects team, who have done wonderful job realising the elephant.

Dumbo film review: Tim Burton’s live-action take on 1941 Disney cartoon is a beautifully realised flight of fancy
Review | Shazam! film review: entertaining DC Comics superhero is a world away from Justice League

A teenage boy is given superpowers and an adult’s body in this fun, good-humoured story. The film is a little long, but enjoyable with Mark Strong putting in a good supporting role.

28 Mar 2019 - 4:06PM

A teenage boy is given superpowers and an adult’s body in this fun, good-humoured story. The film is a little long, but enjoyable with Mark Strong putting in a good supporting role.

Shazam! film review: entertaining DC Comics superhero is a world away from Justice League
Review | Pet Sematary film review: Stephen King horror resurrected with horrifying new adaptation

Remake sticks faithfully to King’s popular novel resulting in the film being among the best adapted from the famous author’s work. Young actor Jeté Laurence’s brilliant performance is one of the film’s highlights.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:35AM

Remake sticks faithfully to King’s popular novel resulting in the film being among the best adapted from the famous author’s work. Young actor Jeté Laurence’s brilliant performance is one of the film’s highlights.

Pet Sematary film review: Stephen King horror resurrected with horrifying new adaptation
Review | Us film review: Get Out director Jordan Peele helms another thoughtful horror triumph

You’ll appreciate the rare moments of comedy in Peele’s new chiller about a family forced to confront doppelgängers bent on their destruction. Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke star in this sinister tale.

20 Mar 2019 - 1:13AM

You’ll appreciate the rare moments of comedy in Peele’s new chiller about a family forced to confront doppelgängers bent on their destruction. Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke star in this sinister tale.

Us film review: Get Out director Jordan Peele helms another thoughtful horror triumph
Review | Five Feet Apart film review: Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse in tear-jerking teen romance

This against-the-odds love story between two teenagers born with cystic fibrosis turns out to be a touching and dignified romantic drama. It also details the daily drudgery endured by those with CF, while not being mawkish.

15 Mar 2019 - 6:27AM

This against-the-odds love story between two teenagers born with cystic fibrosis turns out to be a touching and dignified romantic drama. It also details the daily drudgery endured by those with CF, while not being mawkish.

Five Feet Apart film review: Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse in tear-jerking teen romance
Review | Captain Marvel film review: Brie Larson plays intergalactic warrior in fun but convoluted build-up to Avengers: Endgame

The film tells the origin story of Vers, a super warrior who crash lands on Earth in the 1990s. Brie Larson’s lead role lacks charisma, but Jude Law and Annette Bening are strong in support.

6 Mar 2019 - 2:38AM

The film tells the origin story of Vers, a super warrior who crash lands on Earth in the 1990s. Brie Larson’s lead role lacks charisma, but Jude Law and Annette Bening are strong in support.

Captain Marvel film review: Brie Larson plays intergalactic warrior in fun but convoluted build-up to Avengers: Endgame
Netflix’s The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind sees Chiwetel Ejiofor dive into directing to tell ‘inspiring’ true story of survival

The British actor has been working on The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind for 10 years. The film follows the true story of a teen who develops a wind machine made from scrap to bring life-saving electricity to his village in Malawi.

24 Feb 2019 - 10:19PM

The British actor has been working on The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind for 10 years. The film follows the true story of a teen who develops a wind machine made from scrap to bring life-saving electricity to his village in Malawi.

Netflix’s The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind sees Chiwetel Ejiofor dive into directing to tell ‘inspiring’ true story of survival
Best of Berlinale 2019: Tilda Swinton acts with daughter, Casey Affleck’s new film, François Ozon takes on Catholic Church

There was a win for China despite the withdrawal of Zhang’s One Second, Casey Affleck’s new film, Tilda Swinton acting with her daughter in The Souvenir, and Francois Ozon taking on the Catholic Church.

20 Feb 2019 - 8:21PM

There was a win for China despite the withdrawal of Zhang’s One Second, Casey Affleck’s new film, Tilda Swinton acting with her daughter in The Souvenir, and Francois Ozon taking on the Catholic Church.

Best of Berlinale 2019: Tilda Swinton acts with daughter, Casey Affleck’s new film, François Ozon takes on Catholic Church
Surprise best hair and make-up Oscar contender is Nordic noir with a supernatural folklore twist

Supernatural Nordic noir is a coming-of-age story with superhero elements, says its director. Its also a story about fear of the Other, with a nasty child porn subplot and a lead character whose troll prosthetics required five hours in make-up.

13 Feb 2019 - 6:20PM

Supernatural Nordic noir is a coming-of-age story with superhero elements, says its director. Its also a story about fear of the Other, with a nasty child porn subplot and a lead character whose troll prosthetics required five hours in make-up.

Surprise best hair and make-up Oscar contender is Nordic noir with a supernatural folklore twist
Review | Berlin 2019: Ondog film review – Chinese-Mongolian drama is a playful rumination on the cycle of life

This seventh feature from Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan’an is full of humanity, humour and unforgettable images stunningly shot by French cinematographer Aymerick Pilarski.

11 Feb 2019 - 1:56PM

This seventh feature from Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan’an is full of humanity, humour and unforgettable images stunningly shot by French cinematographer Aymerick Pilarski.

Berlin 2019: Ondog film review – Chinese-Mongolian drama is a playful rumination on the cycle of life
Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy, starring Ellen Page, puts dysfunctional spin on the genre

Streaming giant takes on Marvel and DC Comics with The Umbrella Academy. Starring Ellen Page as one of six siblings, and with Mary J. Blige playing an assassin, the series follows a messed-up family of superheroes.

10 Feb 2019 - 7:43PM

Streaming giant takes on Marvel and DC Comics with The Umbrella Academy. Starring Ellen Page as one of six siblings, and with Mary J. Blige playing an assassin, the series follows a messed-up family of superheroes.

Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy, starring Ellen Page, puts dysfunctional spin on the genre
Review | Alita: Battle Angel film review – James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez join forces for cyberpunk spectacle

3D science fiction film set in the 26th century is a vast spectacle; Rosa Salazar is sensational as Alita, a cyborg with no memories who discovers her incredible fighting skills – a performance achieved via performance capture.

1 Feb 2019 - 6:16PM

3D science fiction film set in the 26th century is a vast spectacle; Rosa Salazar is sensational as Alita, a cyborg with no memories who discovers her incredible fighting skills – a performance achieved via performance capture.

Alita: Battle Angel film review – James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez join forces for cyberpunk spectacle
Review | The Lego Movie 2 film review: animated sequel is fast and funny – but repetition weighs it down

Innovative humour saves this film that can get repetitive at times. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett are at their best voicing characters in the sequel to 2014’s smash-hit children’s comedy

31 Jan 2019 - 1:19PM

Innovative humour saves this film that can get repetitive at times. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett are at their best voicing characters in the sequel to 2014’s smash-hit children’s comedy

The Lego Movie 2 film review: animated sequel is fast and funny – but repetition weighs it down
The Great Wall director Zhang Yimou, 68, back at his best with Shadow – and he has no plans of slowing down

Shadow is an exhilarating martial arts film that showcases Zhang Yimou’s breathless skills as a filmmaker. At 68, he has no plans of slowing down and is already working on his next film

16 Jan 2019 - 6:46PM

Shadow is an exhilarating martial arts film that showcases Zhang Yimou’s breathless skills as a filmmaker. At 68, he has no plans of slowing down and is already working on his next film

The Great Wall director Zhang Yimou, 68, back at his best with Shadow – and he has no plans of slowing down
Review | Glass film review: M Night Shyamalan bridges Unbreakable and Split with disappointing sequel

Shyamalan’s origin story has a good premise, but fails to live up to its potential. The plot and some of the characters seem less original and exciting.

15 Jan 2019 - 11:02AM

Shyamalan’s origin story has a good premise, but fails to live up to its potential. The plot and some of the characters seem less original and exciting.

Glass film review: M Night Shyamalan bridges Unbreakable and Split with disappointing sequel
Green Book: how Golden Globe best picture was made – Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, director speak

Director Peter Farrelly, known for comedies, was nervous approaching Viggo Mortensen for role of white driver for African-American classical pianist, played by Mahershala Ali, touring segregated US South – but needn’t have worried.

9 Jan 2019 - 8:26PM

Director Peter Farrelly, known for comedies, was nervous approaching Viggo Mortensen for role of white driver for African-American classical pianist, played by Mahershala Ali, touring segregated US South – but needn’t have worried.

Green Book: how Golden Globe best picture was made – Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, director speak