Drama films

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Passing review – Rebecca Hall’s stylish and subtle study of racial identity
Hall’s directing debut stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as friends who are both ‘passing’ for what they are not in an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel

Peter Bradshaw

28, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Seven Samurai review – an epic primal myth that pulsates through cinema
Akira Kurosawa’s tale of ascetic mercenaries brought together for a single job inspired endless imitations, but the original has lost none of its magic

Peter Bradshaw

27, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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A Cop Movie review – arresting Mexican docu-drama twists police film tropes
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ film starts off as an addictive cop show, breaks the fourth wall and then rebuilds it in a film bristling with ideas

Peter Bradshaw

27, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Donnie Darko at 20: the soulful student favourite comes of age
Richard Kelly’s unusual sci-fi drama made a star of Jake Gyllenhaal and introduced emo teens to a brave new world

Guy Lodge

26, Oct, 2021 @3:22 PM

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The Football Monologues review – genial indie takes tips from Alan Bennett
The beautiful game stands in for deeper, more personal struggles as Greg Cruttwell’s engaging characters pour their hearts out

Mike McCahill

26, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Playlist review – appealingly gauche French twentysomething romance
A young woman dreams of working as an artist – and finding a man – in Nine Antico’s feature debut

Wendy Ide

24, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Dear Evan Hansen review – cynical adaptation of the hit musical
The coming-of-age Broadway show about a depressed teenager has been crudely turned into a screen tearjerker

Wendy Ide

24, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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London’s Soho on screen – from Peeping Tom to Mona Lisa
It’s one of the capital’s most storied districts. Here Kim Newman leads a tour round 15 memorable movie locations in Soho and surrounds

Kim Newman

24, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The French Dispatch review – exasperating Wes Anderson portmanteau picture
A stellar cast enliven the director’s uneven three-story anthology featuring a student protest, an insane artist and a heist thriller

Wendy Ide

23, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Playlist review – relatable, quirky Parisian quarter-life drama
Graphic novelist Sophie is disillusioned with adulthood in Nine Antico’s black and white, Paris-set drama of twentysomething life

Cath Clarke

22, Oct, 2021 @4:44 PM

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The Last Picture Show at 50: a melancholic ode to the ghost town
The bleak 1971 drama is an enduring look at a dying small town that finds moments of humanity in among the sadness

Scott Tobias

22, Oct, 2021 @6:18 AM

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7 Prisoners review – devastating but compelling trafficking drama
Alexandre Moratto’s feature about workers lured into modern-day slavery in Brazil takes an unexpected turn

Leslie Felperin

20, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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