Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Mauritanian review – in limbo in Guantánamo with Tahar Rahim
This adaptation of a post-9/11 prisoner’s memoir is strong on procedural drama but blunted by stylised torture scenes

Simran Hans

04, Apr, 2021 @10:30 AM

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The Mauritanian review – fence-sitting Guantánamo drama provides few answers
This painfully worthy adaptation of former inmate Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s diary stars only good guys, and is hand-wringingly self congratulatory

Peter Bradshaw

31, Mar, 2021 @11:14 AM

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‘We don’t live in a world of goodies and baddies, do we?’ The true story behind The Mauritanian
Mohamedou Ould Slahi was tortured and detained without charge in Guantánamo for 14 years. Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch discuss bringing his memoir to life

Steve Rose

26, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Harrowing ordeal of Guantánamo prisoner comes to the big screen
The Mauritanian tells the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was held in the notorious prison for 14 years without charge or trial

Dalya Alberge

03, Jan, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Taika Waititi leads all-star charity Roald Dahl readings
Meryl Streep and Benedict Cumberbatch among stars narrating James and the Giant Peach to raise funds to help vulnerable countries tackle Covid-19 crisis

Alison Flood

18, May, 2020 @1:00 PM

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The National Theatre's Frankenstein: 'It was blinding – you felt the heat'
As Danny Boyle’s production is streamed online, its set designer Mark Tildesley recalls putting thousands of bulbs and an ancient bell to shocking effect

Interview by Chris Wiegand

28, Apr, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Danny Boyle's Frankenstein reanimated for National Theatre streaming service
Hit 2011 show joins Antony and Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, in being broadcast as part of free scheme

Chris Wiegand

23, Apr, 2020 @7:00 AM

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The Courier aka Ironbark review – Benedict Cumberbatch heats up solid Cold War drama
The star turns in his most convincing performance for years in this sturdy story of accidental spy Greville Wynne and his role in averting nuclear crisis

Benjamin Lee in Park City

25, Jan, 2020 @10:59 AM

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Controversial documentaries and A-listers head to Sundance 2020
New films about Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton and Russell Simmons join Oscar-buzzed dramas starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Keaton

Benjamin Lee

23, Jan, 2020 @7:15 AM

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Picture this … fans use art to influence plots on favourite TV shows
Amateur artists’ depictions of film and TV actors are filling galleries – and may even sway casting decisions

Vanessa Thorpe

05, Jan, 2020 @7:53 AM

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'The stupidest thing humanity ever did to itself': Sam Mendes and Colin Firth on 1917
The director has turned his grandfather’s horrific memories of the war into a rollercoaster of fear and sacrifice – an antidote to the ‘chaos’ of directing Bond films

Catherine Shoard

03, Jan, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The most exciting movies of 2020 – biopics
Jennifer Hudson plays the queen of soul, Ethan Hawke tackles Tesla and Julianne Moore tells the story of Gloria Steinem

Guardian film

02, Jan, 2020 @4:02 PM

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