Drama films

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Wrong Turn review – skull-crushing Appalachian horror
The seventh entry in the franchise, with its weird cultists, takes a few original steps off the well-beaten hillbilly horror path

Peter Bradshaw

24, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Gatecrash review – opaque auto-accident drama
A car crash provokes a torrent of toxic masculinity, but this strange film is neither surreal nor psychologically insightful enough

Leslie Felperin

24, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Emperor review – adventure trumps accuracy in civil war biopic
The true story of an escaped slave turned insurgent is told in very broad strokes in this action-packed thriller

Phil Hoad

23, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Shadowland review – hopelessly inept Highlands horror
The antics of an evil creature on the loose in an abandoned military base are stymied by impenetrable storytelling

Leslie Felperin

23, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Erēmīta (Anthologies) review – lockdown experiments of varying accomplishment
Alexis Zabé’s mini-doc about a Venice Beach homeless community is the pick of this studiously serious grab-bag of shorts shot in lockdown

Cath Clarke

22, Feb, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Hear me out: why S1m0ne isn't a bad movie
Continuing our series of writers defending unloved films is a reappraisal of Andrew Niccol’s flop satire starring Al Pacino as a director who creates a virtual actor

Kathryn Bromwich

22, Feb, 2021 @7:27 AM

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Bad Tales review – horribly compelling urban fairytale
A sultry Roman backwater provides the oppressive setting for this story of three disaffected families from the D’Innocenzo brothers

Wendy Ide

20, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Rocks romps home at British independent film awards
Teen drama wins big as His House takes awards for actress and director while Anthony Hopkins is honoured for The Father

Andrew Pulver

19, Feb, 2021 @1:03 PM

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Blush review – midlife crisis drama leaves you discontent and unfulfilled
Wendi McLendon-Covey’s bored wife Cathy endures a series of seriocomic crises but they never really lead anywhere

Peter Bradshaw

18, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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How Nomadland shines a light on an ignored America
Chloé Zhao’s stunning Oscar frontrunner unusually centers a single woman over 60 to illuminate an America that rarely garners mainstream attention

Adrian Horton

17, Feb, 2021 @3:17 PM

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Archenemy review – wacky fight for justice in parallel universes
Joe Manganiello plays Max Fist, a super powerful fighter for good from another world, in a colourful sci-fi-adjacent film

Leslie Felperin

17, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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What Lies Below review – a dire coming-of-age horror with a fishy twist
A perplexing erotic storyline isn’t the worst thing about this sci-fi mystery, which is marred by wooden acting and poor judgement

Cath Clarke

16, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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