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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK: 50-41
Our critics’ countdown begins and includes Carey Mulligan as a scheming sociopath and a Soho-set horror-thriller from Edgar Wright

Andrew Pulver

30, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Night Raiders review – search for Native American children turns dystopian sci-fi
Danis Goulet’s cautionary tale of an Indigenous mother’s rescue mission with overtones of the residential school scandal is thinly characterised

Phuong Le

29, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Streaming: James Bond in No Time to Die and other great action antiheroes
As Daniel Craig’s final Bond film hits small screens, investigate cinema’s other brilliantly aloof spies and private eyes, from Sam Spade to Jason Bourne

Guy Lodge

27, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Unforgivable review – Sandra Bullock does something terrible in ITV drama remake
Bullock plays a woman restarting life after 20 years behind bars for killing a police officer, in this compressed and contrived adaptation of Sally Wainwright’s miniseries Unforgiven

Peter Bradshaw

24, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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House of Gucci review – Lady Gaga murders in style in true-crime fashion house drama
Ridley Scott’s pantomimey soap entertainingly tracks fractures in the fashion world as Patrizia Reggiano plots to kill her ex, Maurizio Gucci

Peter Bradshaw

22, Nov, 2021 @11:00 PM

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Habit review – high camp nuns on the run from John Waters wannabe
Heroin chic crime and punishment caper feels more like an oblique marketing exercise than the classic queer cinema it nods to

Leslie Felperin

16, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Fixed review – low-budget gangster Britflick lands few punches
Shifty bookie Daz is on the run from gangland bosses after fixing a bare-knuckle boxing match in Birmingham

Cath Clarke

15, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Duel at 50: Steven Spielberg’s debut remains a ferocious thriller
A monstrous truck pursues a motorist in the film-maker’s seat-edge 1971 feature-length debut that hinted at greater things to come

Scott Tobias

13, Nov, 2021 @7:17 AM

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Goldfingers: meet the writers of every James Bond film this century
On Neal Purvis and Robert Wade’s watch, the secret agent has become a parent, grown his hair and even alluded to gay experiences. It even rains in Bond films now. But after the ending of No Time to Die, even they don’t know what happens next

Ryan Gilbey

12, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Apex Predator review – chipper Bruce Willis is getting hunted for kicks
Cheap and cheerless sci-fi action thriller pits cunning prisoner Willis against wealthy hunters in dreary genre retread

Leslie Felperin

10, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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From Ozploitation to Ice-T, Squid Game is just the latest splatter of class warfare on screen
Long before the Korean Netflix hit, the rich were using the poor for blood sport in action classics like Surviving the Game and Australian cult horror Turkey Shoot

Adam Fleet

09, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Raging Fire review – bad cop steals show from good in savage Hong Kong thriller
With adrenaline-pumping action, Nicholas Tse’s vengeful villain cuts an almost tragic figure

Phuong Le

08, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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