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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.

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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
Review | Girl film review: sublime transgender drama explores adolescence through a teenager’s dancing dreams

The shocking ending may prove too much for some, but director Lukas Dhont’s skills as a filmmaker impress throughout. Victor Polster is superb in the lead, and his dance school background means he is a fine choice to play the role.

18 Dec 2018 - 3:08PM

The shocking ending may prove too much for some, but director Lukas Dhont’s skills as a filmmaker impress throughout. Victor Polster is superb in the lead, and his dance school background means he is a fine choice to play the role.

Girl film review: sublime transgender drama explores adolescence through a teenager’s dancing dreams
Review | Mary Poppins Returns film review: Emily Blunt is luminous in enchanting sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic

Director Rob Marshall shows guts to bring back the popular Disney character played memorably by Julie Andrews in the 1964 original. It’s a chance for children (and adults) to fall in love with the adorable nanny all over again.

14 Dec 2018 - 6:01PM

Director Rob Marshall shows guts to bring back the popular Disney character played memorably by Julie Andrews in the 1964 original. It’s a chance for children (and adults) to fall in love with the adorable nanny all over again.

Mary Poppins Returns film review: Emily Blunt is luminous in enchanting sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic
Review | Aquaman film review: James Wan’s underwater adventure may be the oddest DC Universe film yet

The superhero from the Justice League gets his own stand-alone film. Jason Momoa plays Aquaman and gives the story much needed humour and heart.

14 Dec 2018 - 12:53PM

The superhero from the Justice League gets his own stand-alone film. Jason Momoa plays Aquaman and gives the story much needed humour and heart.

Aquaman film review: James Wan’s underwater adventure may be the oddest DC Universe film yet
Review | Bumblebee film review: Transformers spin-off is franchise’s most character-driven outing yet

With more humour and heart than any of its predecessors, this film never lets the action swamp the story; the ’80s soundtrack is stuffed with tracks from the likes of Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, A-ha and The Smiths.

12 Dec 2018 - 12:10PM

With more humour and heart than any of its predecessors, this film never lets the action swamp the story; the ’80s soundtrack is stuffed with tracks from the likes of Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, A-ha and The Smiths.

Bumblebee film review: Transformers spin-off is franchise’s most character-driven outing yet
Review | Roma film review: Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix-based Venice Golden Lion winner is one of the great films of this century

Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix-based Venice Golden Lion winner is a black-and-white love letter to his childhood through the eyes of the maid who raised him. Full of indelible images and superbly paced, this is masterpiece.

12 Dec 2018 - 10:27AM

Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix-based Venice Golden Lion winner is a black-and-white love letter to his childhood through the eyes of the maid who raised him. Full of indelible images and superbly paced, this is masterpiece.

Roma film review: Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix-based Venice Golden Lion winner is one of the great films of this century
Review | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film review – exhilarating superhero adventure

Pixar watch out. One of the most original cartoons in years, new Spider-Man film is a treat for comic nerds; exuberant adventure puts Miles Morales front and centre, but accompanied by five other Spider-Men.

10 Dec 2018 - 4:04PM

Pixar watch out. One of the most original cartoons in years, new Spider-Man film is a treat for comic nerds; exuberant adventure puts Miles Morales front and centre, but accompanied by five other Spider-Men.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film review – exhilarating superhero adventure
Review | Widows film review: heist thriller by 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen stars Viola Davis

When a Chicago crime gang are killed mid-robbery, the men’s widows, led by Viola Davis, get together to carry out the next heist in this adrenaline-fuelled film where the men play second fiddle.

4 Dec 2018 - 8:01PM

When a Chicago crime gang are killed mid-robbery, the men’s widows, led by Viola Davis, get together to carry out the next heist in this adrenaline-fuelled film where the men play second fiddle.

Widows film review: heist thriller by 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen stars Viola Davis
Review | 3 Faces film review: Jafar Panahi’s Cannes winner a haunting road trip through patriarchal Iran

The film, which won the best screenplay prize at Cannes, looks at the struggles Iranian women face, as a rural girl’s cry for help sends a film director and a famous actress on a road trip through Iran’s conservative countryside

26 Nov 2018 - 5:01PM

The film, which won the best screenplay prize at Cannes, looks at the struggles Iranian women face, as a rural girl’s cry for help sends a film director and a famous actress on a road trip through Iran’s conservative countryside

3 Faces film review: Jafar Panahi’s Cannes winner a haunting road trip through patriarchal Iran
Review | The Girl in the Spider’s Web film review: Lisbeth Salander reduced to a female Jason Bourne

No amount of motorcycle chases and sniper shoot-outs can hide the fact that this production lacks the emotional punch of the earlier films. Offering more style than substance, it’s a disappointingly pale imitation.

22 Nov 2018 - 2:01PM

No amount of motorcycle chases and sniper shoot-outs can hide the fact that this production lacks the emotional punch of the earlier films. Offering more style than substance, it’s a disappointingly pale imitation.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web film review: Lisbeth Salander reduced to a female Jason Bourne
Did the new Girl with a Dragon Tattoo film miss the #MeToo memo?

In The Girl in the Spider’s Web, series heroine Lisbeth Salander is more action spy than the female avenger who hurts men who hurt women. She is the main character now though, rather than sidekick to Blomkvist.

21 Nov 2018 - 7:00PM

In The Girl in the Spider’s Web, series heroine Lisbeth Salander is more action spy than the female avenger who hurts men who hurt women. She is the main character now though, rather than sidekick to Blomkvist.

Did the new Girl with a Dragon Tattoo film miss the #MeToo memo?
Review | Ash Is Purest White film review: Jia Zhangke’s epic drama blends gangland violence with romantic heartbreak

This complex gangster epic spanning 17 years takes its time to unfold, with a mood that swings from violence to humour to melancholy, while Zhao Tao is magnetic and irrepressible in the lead role.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM

This complex gangster epic spanning 17 years takes its time to unfold, with a mood that swings from violence to humour to melancholy, while Zhao Tao is magnetic and irrepressible in the lead role.

Ash Is Purest White film review: Jia Zhangke’s epic drama blends gangland violence with romantic heartbreak
Review | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film review – J.K. Rowling political action fantasy expands Potter-verse

Jude Law is a young Albus Dumbledore, Johnny Depp is Grindelwald, Eddie Redmayne is back as Newt Scamander in new Harry Potter prequel; film packs in humour, romance, action and some sinister plotting with political overtones.

13 Nov 2018 - 7:06AM

Jude Law is a young Albus Dumbledore, Johnny Depp is Grindelwald, Eddie Redmayne is back as Newt Scamander in new Harry Potter prequel; film packs in humour, romance, action and some sinister plotting with political overtones.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film review – J.K. Rowling political action fantasy expands Potter-verse
American actor Chris Pine on playing King of Scots Robert the Bruce in Netflix’s Outlaw King

Outlaw King tells the story of one of Scotland’s most famous sons, 14th century warrior king Robert the Bruce. Pine plays the national icon who was in power between 1306 and 1329.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM

Outlaw King tells the story of one of Scotland’s most famous sons, 14th century warrior king Robert the Bruce. Pine plays the national icon who was in power between 1306 and 1329.

American actor Chris Pine on playing King of Scots Robert the Bruce in Netflix’s Outlaw King
Jamie Lee Curtis on playing Laurie Strode in Halloween reboot, facing Michael Myers and #MeToo

Curtis revisits her defining role in John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher horror flick as she faces Michael Myers one last time – the victim finally confronting her tormentor – making it a perfect film for the #MeToo era.

24 Oct 2018 - 8:02PM

Curtis revisits her defining role in John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher horror flick as she faces Michael Myers one last time – the victim finally confronting her tormentor – making it a perfect film for the #MeToo era.

Jamie Lee Curtis on playing Laurie Strode in Halloween reboot, facing Michael Myers and #MeToo
Review | Hunter Killer film review: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman in old-fashioned submarine adventure
  • A cat-and-mouse game of intrigue starring Gerard Butler as a submarine captain and Gary Oldman as chairman of the joints chiefs of staff, this film has echoes of a James Bond movie. While the scenario, of a US submarine sent to rescue a Russian president deposed in a coup, sounds cliched, it is surprisingly good fun.
22 Oct 2018 - 6:00PM
  • A cat-and-mouse game of intrigue starring Gerard Butler as a submarine captain and Gary Oldman as chairman of the joints chiefs of staff, this film has echoes of a James Bond movie. While the scenario, of a US submarine sent to rescue a Russian president deposed in a coup, sounds cliched, it is surprisingly good fun.
Hunter Killer film review: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman in old-fashioned submarine adventure
Review | The Miseducation of Cameron Post film review: Chloe Grace Moretz in gay conversion drama

The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows high school student Moretz, sent to gay conversion camp after getting caught making out with her best friend, in a film that knows when to strike with emotion-breaking scenes.

16 Oct 2018 - 7:03AM

The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows high school student Moretz, sent to gay conversion camp after getting caught making out with her best friend, in a film that knows when to strike with emotion-breaking scenes.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post film review: Chloe Grace Moretz in gay conversion drama
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