Film adaptations

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The Black Phone review – Ethan Hawke is eerily good in scary-clown kidnap horror
Impressive performances help an uneven plot in this 70s-set kidnap horror based on a story by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill

Peter Bradshaw

22, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Is The Lord of the Rings now a never-ending franchise like Marvel and Star Wars?
With an anime movie and an Amazon series imminent, is Middle-earth about to be transformed into its own film and TV universe?

Ben Child

17, Jun, 2022 @8:52 AM

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Spiderhead review – Netflix’s prison-experiment fable is going nowhere
Tale of lab-rat detainees testing psychoactive drugs, presided over by a creepy Chris Hemsworth, rather loses its way

Peter Bradshaw

13, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Earwig review – twisty body-horror noir threatens to bite
Lucile Hadžihalilović’s first English-language feature is intriguing, but its nightmarish dentures slant needs a mouthful of narrative

Peter Bradshaw

09, Jun, 2022 @11:42 AM

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Get Carter review – Michael Caine delivers in stone-cold crime classic
Mike Hodges’ Brit-crime magnum opus from 1971, which gave Caine the role of a lifetime as gangland enforcer Jack Carter, can be savoured again on re-release

Peter Bradshaw

25, May, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Le Otto Montagne (The Eight Mountains) review – rich, beautiful and inexpressibly sad
A meditation on our capacity for love shapes this sweeping story of two friends, torn apart by family and life’s journeys but bound by something deeper

Peter Bradshaw

19, May, 2022 @9:43 AM

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The Road Dance review – boiling fury in tale of rape and denial in the Hebrides
There’s a wild rage against the backdrop of amazing landscape in an adaptation of John MacKay’s novel about a sex assault in a crofting community

Cath Clarke

16, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Dobermann review – Vincent Cassel’s brutal pulp thriller still bites
This 1997 policier, directed by Jan Kounen, pulses with violent energy, although its pop-video aesthetic looks dated

Peter Bradshaw

11, May, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The Quiet Girl review – deeply moving tale of rural Ireland already feels like a classic
A silent child is sent away to live with foster parents on a farm in this gem of a film from first-time feature director Colm Bairéad

Peter Bradshaw

11, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Lost Illusions review – Balzac adaptation is period-drama perfection
Benjamin Voisin and Cécile de France star in a superb costume coming-of-age story for the Netflix generation

Peter Bradshaw

10, May, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Cabaret review – Liza Minnelli musical still divinely decadent and chillingly relevant
Minnelli brings the razzle dazzle to a Berlin determined to ignore the gathering storm in this cinematic masterpiece

Peter Bradshaw

05, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Happening review: unflinching abortion drama that draws you in
The audience really feels the trauma of a young student’s hard choices in 1960s France in Audrey Diwan’s compelling Venice winner

Wendy Ide

24, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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