Adaptation

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Persuasion review – a travesty of Jane Austen
Theatre director Carrie Cracknell’s ham-fisted adaptation misses the naunces of the author’s writing and opts instead for romcom sassiness

Wendy Ide

09, Jul, 2022 @10:00 AM

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True Things review – seductively dangerous liaisons in Ramsgate
Ruth Wilson is brilliant as a benefits officer who develops an unhealthy attraction to a charsimatic stranger in Harry Wootliff’s assured psychological drama

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

03, Apr, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Hoard of the rings: ‘lost’ scripts for BBC Tolkien drama discovered
Original manuscripts show how author rewrote scenes for 1950s adaptation of his Middle-earth epic Lord of the Rings

Dalya Alberge

12, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Munich: The Edge of War review – handsome if muted take on Robert Harris’s spy thriller
Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain leads this Netflix adaptation of the novelist’s conspiracy story set on the eve of the second world war

Simran Hans

09, Jan, 2022 @12:30 PM

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The Tender Bar review – George Clooney’s pain-free coming-of-age tale is a gritless oyster
This adaptation of JR Moehringer’s memoirs, directed by Clooney, is strikingly empty of plausible emotion

Peter Bradshaw

15, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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My New York Year review – a leaden take on the literary life
Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley are squandered in this adaptation of Joanna Rakoff’s memoir of her year working with JD Salinger

Wendy Ide

22, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Charlie Kaufman: 'Making people laugh makes me feel validated as a human'
The screenwriter behind Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has written a novel - about a film critic who hates Charlie Kaufman

Sam Leith

11, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Artemis Fowl review – Judi Dench gruffs it out amid rogue fairies
Kenneth Branagh directs this family-fantasy-by-numbers adapted from Eoin Colfer’s bestselling teen novels

Peter Bradshaw

11, Jun, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Little Women review – the freshest literary adaptation of the year
Greta Gerwig brings the entire March family to life like never before in a respectful but bracingly current version

Wendy Ide

29, Dec, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Sarah Waters: ‘Some of my readers really did hate me. They felt let down’
As The Little Stranger opens in cinemas, the novelist shares the betrayal felt by some lesbian readers over her supernatural whodunnit – and why it is a perfect metaphor for Brexit Britain

Lisa Allardice

15, Sep, 2018 @9:58 AM

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The art of the article: Hollywood looks to journalism for the future
Long reads are proving irresistible to film executives, with Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Robert Redford all signing on to star in fact-based projects

Jake Nevins

10, Aug, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Decline and Fall on TV – would Evelyn Waugh have approved?
The prospect of a new BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall, starring Jack Whitehall and Eva Longoria, is stirring mixed feelings – will Waugh’s wit be sold short once again?

DJ Taylor

28, Mar, 2017 @9:00 AM

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