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The Small Back Room review – boundary-breaking wartime drama from Powell and Pressburger
Reuniting the stars of Black Narcissus, this movie about a back-room boffin attached to a bomb disposal unit finds the film-makers pushing gloriously against genre conventions

Peter Bradshaw

30, May, 2024 @8:00 AM

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The Girl in the Trunk review – claustrophobic car-boot kidnap thriller
Katharina Sporrer’s abducted runaway bride is credible but the rest of the cast are so stilted it sounds more like a radio play than a film

Leslie Felperin

29, May, 2024 @10:00 AM

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New Life review – stripped-back virus thriller goes hard on bubo-popping horror
John Rosman’s effective debut intertwines the lives of a woman escaping a black-site facility and a woman hired to contain the outbreak

Phil Hoad

29, May, 2024 @8:00 AM

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Chief of Station review – perma-scowled Aaron Eckhart bids for Liam Neeson ‘geri-action’ market
Ham-fisted thriller about a CIA operative flung into a world of pain when he finds out his late wife may have been a Russian agent lacks any subtlety or intrigue

Phil Hoad

28, May, 2024 @12:00 PM

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In Flames review – unsavoury revelations in patriarchy horror thriller from Pakistan
All the creepy tropes come out of the closet when a mother and daughter battle unknown forces after the father bites the dust

Wendy Ide

26, May, 2024 @11:00 AM

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Hit Man review – Richard Linklater’s thoroughly entertaining fake-killer caper
Glen Powell plays a mild-mannered professor posing as a contract killer to catch would-be criminals in this diverting noir comedy loosely based on a true story

Peter Bradshaw

23, May, 2024 @6:00 AM

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Motel Destino review – terrifically acted Brazilian erotic noir thriller
A young man on the run from a mob boss lands an unlikely job in a brutally functional love motel and starts a passionate affair with the manager’s wife

Peter Bradshaw

22, May, 2024 @10:30 PM

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You Can’t Run Forever review – ice cold killer JK Simmons main draw in horror-thriller
The Whiplash star commits himself to the role of rampage killer on a motorbike rampage that ultimately lacks forward momentum

Catherine Bray

20, May, 2024 @12:00 PM

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Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire review – fast, furious and rather grating London crime caper
Who will take over the family drug business? Cue violence, treachery and too much shouting

Wendy Ide

19, May, 2024 @10:30 AM

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The Balconettes review – neighbours finding trouble in invitation to hot guy’s flat
Noémie Merlant’s first film as a director is relentlessly silly, self-indulgent and unsuited to its themes of misogyny and sexual violence

Peter Bradshaw

19, May, 2024 @12:15 AM

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Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In review – frenetic actioner in infamous Kowloon neighbourhood
The choreography is impressive as people are hurled through walls, thrown off rooftops and otherwise beaten to a pulp, but the editing is frenetic and the characters cartoonish

Steve Rose

17, May, 2024 @8:00 AM

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The Strangers: Chapter 1 review – unnecessary horror retread
The grimly effective 2008 home invasion shocker gets a strange semi-remake that sucks out all of the suspense

Benjamin Lee

16, May, 2024 @4:00 PM

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