Biopics

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Nitram review – deeply disturbing drama about mass killer Martin Bryant
Director Justin Kurzel shies away from depicting the Port Arthur massacre itself but outstanding performances mean it’s still a highly unsettling story

Peter Bradshaw

01, Jul, 2022 @10:52 AM

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All shook up: how accurate is Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic?
The director faced a colossal task in condensing the King’s two-decade-plus career into a single feature. So how did he fare?

Mark Duffett

27, Jun, 2022 @9:16 AM

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Elvis review – blistering, turbocharged chronicle of the King
With electrifying performances from Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker, Baz Luhrmann’s whirlwind biopic is cinematic dynamite

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

26, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Elvis review – Baz Luhrmann’s squeaky-clean King is shaking no one up
Incurious yet frantic, Luhrmann’s spangly epic is off-key – and Austin Butler flounders in those blue suede shoes

Peter Bradshaw

22, Jun, 2022 @8:56 AM

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Elvis Presley as Willy Wonka? The films the King of Rock’n’Roll almost made
West Side Story, Midnight Cowboy and The Godfather would all have been very different if Elvis had got his way – or if his manager Col Tom Parker hadn’t turned down so many roles on his behalf

Matthew Turner

20, Jun, 2022 @2:12 PM

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Madonna casts Ozark’s Julia Garner to play her in biopic
Garner reported to have beat out hopefuls including Florence Pugh and Alexa Demie to play the singer in the telling of her own life story

Andrew Pulver

08, Jun, 2022 @11:48 AM

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I Am Zlatan review – Ibrahimović biopic misses an open goal
The Swede’s journey from troubled kid to football phenomenon fuels a formulaic drama that only a fan could love

Wendy Ide

05, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Streaming: the Queen in film
Cinematic portrayals of Her Majesty span psychological depths and gleeful farce, from The King’s Speech to The Naked Gun

Guy Lodge

04, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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I Am Zlatan review – compelling insight into the making of a football superstar
Jens Sjögren’s sympathetic film avoids the cliched sport movie formula of triumph over adversity by focusing on what happens off the pitch

Cath Clarke

01, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Silent Twins review – powerful story of Welsh sisters in a world of their own
Agnieszka Smoczyńska directs this well-acted, disturbing drama about June and Jennifer Gibbons, whose shared isolation ended in criminal acts

Peter Bradshaw

25, May, 2022 @11:15 AM

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Benediction review – artful Siegfried Sassoon biopic full of unresolved yearning
The war poet’s life provides rich material for director Terence Davies to explore his preoccupations with sexuality, religion and the search for redemption

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

22, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Tchaikovsky’s Wife review – love turns to obsession in an off-key marriage
Alyona Mikhailova is tremendous as estranged wife Antonina, whose naivety and narcissism fester in the rubble of her marriage to the gay composer

Peter Bradshaw

18, May, 2022 @3:53 PM

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