Drama

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the US: 50-31
More star appearances in American cinemas this year included Lady Gaga’s murderous lead in House of Gucci and Frances McDormand’s Lady Macbeth

01, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Blue Bayou review – painful drama about the US’s answer to the Windrush scandal
Justin Chon’s fierce heartbreaker, written and starring himself, centres on a Korean-American whose family is threatened by racist government policy

Peter Bradshaw

01, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK: 50-31
Our critics’ countdown continues with Lady Gaga’s killer style and Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard’s Cannes-kick off musical

Andrew Pulver

01, Dec, 2021 @6:10 AM

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There Is No Evil review – passionate plea against Iran’s soul-poisoning executions
Dissident Mohammad Rasoulof blasts against his country’s profligate use of capital punishment that includes making citizens carry out death sentences

Peter Bradshaw

30, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn review – playful Romanian sex tape satire
Radu Jude attacks his country’s moralising attitudes through the tale of a teacher whose private life is put in the dock

Simran Hans

28, Nov, 2021 @11:30 AM

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‘I have an outsider’s perspective’: why Will Sharpe is the A-List’s new favourite director
The actor-director won a Bafta for his performance in Giri/Haji. Hailed as a star in the making by Olivia Colman​, he discusses the true stories that inspired his ​new projects

Tim Lewis

27, Nov, 2021 @3:00 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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Shepherd review – isolation horror of sheep-herder on Scottish island
Scything strings, ticking clocks and a lighthouse bell tolling make for an atmospheric if OTT drama

Phil Hoad

23, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Celts review – bitchy zingers sting at a birthday party in Belgrade
Director Milica Tomović’s debut is a sharp, well-scripted party piece set in early 1990s Serbia

Leslie Felperin

22, Nov, 2021 @2:00 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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Bruised review – Halle Berry delivers one bloody cliche after another
Supporting actor Sheila Atim saves Berry’s earnest directorial debut​ ​about a disgraced mixed martial arts fighter

Wendy Ide

21, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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