Period and historical films

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West Side Story review – Spielberg’s triumphantly hyperreal remake
Stunning recreations of the original film’s New York retain the songs and the dancing in a re-telling that will leave you gasping

Peter Bradshaw

02, Dec, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Hand of God review – Paolo Sorrentino tells his own Maradona story
The Italian film-maker may owe his life to the footballer, as this vivid, autobiographical Neapolitan drama reveals

Peter Bradshaw

01, Dec, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Lapwing review – intriguing drama of 16th-century answer to the hostile environment
An intriguing debut feature set on the Lincolnshire coast depicts a Romani family hoodwinked and menaced by a vengeful salt farmer

Peter Bradshaw

22, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Battle at Lake Changjin review – China’s rabble-rousing propaganda war epic
China’s costliest film ever is a sporadically thrilling, historically dubious account of a Korean war standoff, with all the subtlety of a rocket launcher

Phil Hoad

19, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Licorice Pizza review – Paul Thomas Anderson’s funniest and most relaxed film yet
Anderson’s latest is a romance about a teen boy wooing an older woman, starring two extraordinary newcomers and stuffed with fabulously hammy A-list cameos

Peter Bradshaw

15, Nov, 2021 @8:00 PM

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The Colour Room review – Clarice Cliff story paints a bright and breezy picture
Phoebe Dynevor dazzles as the factory girl who became a celebrated ceramic artist in this rather too feelgood period drama

Cath Clarke

09, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Passing review – life is anything but black and white in Rebecca Hall’s smart period drama
Ruth Negga is magnetic in Hall’s adaptation of Nella Larsen’s story of race in 1920s Harlem

Simran Hans

30, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Last Duel review – storytelling with gusto in Ridley Scott’s medieval epic
Jodie Comer comes up against odious men played by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver in a reverse rape-revenge parable set in 14th-century France

Peter Bradshaw

14, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Arracht review – Irish-language murder ballad of famine and injustice
Director Tomás Ó Súilleabháin’s beautifully shot film takes on one man’s battle with the British, but without judgment

Cath Clarke

13, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Phantom of the Open review – Brit sporting underdog movie right on par
Mark Rylance stars in this amiably daft film about real-life golfing eccentric Maurice Flitcroft, who gatecrashed the British Open in the 70s

Peter Bradshaw

12, Oct, 2021 @10:00 PM

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Belfast review – Kenneth Branagh’s euphoric eulogy to his home city
Nightmarishness meets nostalgia as Jamie Dornan and Judi Dench star in a scintillating Troubles-era coming-of-age tale

Peter Bradshaw

12, Oct, 2021 @11:19 AM

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The East review – war is hell … for the bloodthirsty imperialists
Jim Taihuttu’s story of Dutch soldiers in Indonesia is as short-sighted as the old-fashioned colonialists it is trying to criticise

Phuong Le

27, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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