Forest Whitaker

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Respect review – an overly reverential homage to Aretha
Personally approved by Franklin, Jennifer Hudson captures the queen of soul’s star power, but this biopic is too well behaved to do its extraordinary subject justice

Mark Kermode

12, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Respect review – one-note Aretha Franklin chronicle follows every biopic beat
Jennifer Hudson plays the soul legend, but this biopic reduces the complexity of her upbringing and artistry to corny life lessons

Peter Bradshaw

09, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Respect review – Aretha Franklin biopic sings the same old tune
Jennifer Hudson tries her best with a disappointingly rote retread through cliches of a well-worn genre

Charles Bramesco

09, Aug, 2021 @2:22 PM

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey review – stridently festive toyshop musical
A toy inventor rekindles his lost passion in this exhausting Netflix musical

Wendy Ide

14, Nov, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey review – a sugar rush of steampunk joy
Netflix’s festive fantasy about a kid and her inventor granddad is pure infectious energy – and with exquisite detail

Cath Clarke

12, Nov, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Finding Steve McQueen review – heist comedy can't locate its charisma
The story of a real-life bank robbery by a lookalike of the Bullitt star gets a pretty shallow and unmemorable treatment

Cath Clarke

11, Nov, 2020 @2:00 PM

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How It Ends review – the end of the world is a bore in dull Netflix thriller
Theo James and Forest Whitaker give subpar performances in a frustratingly pedestrian tale of a mysterious catastrophe

Jordan Hoffman

13, Jul, 2018 @7:01 AM

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Black Panther review – Marvel's thrilling vision of the afrofuture
The latest big-screen superhero story is a subversive and uproarious action-adventure, in which African stereotypes are upended and history is rewritten

Peter Bradshaw

06, Feb, 2018 @5:00 PM

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How we made The Crying Game
Miranda Richardson: ‘I got some flak off IRA sympathisers. They thought my portrayal of a terrorist was unflattering’

Interviews by Jack Watkins

21, Feb, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story review – back to the retro future
Felicity Jones fronts the resistance against the Empire in a convincing spin-off that blends nostalgia with cutting-edge CGI

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

19, Dec, 2016 @10:38 AM

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in-depth fan review: 'This is a movie made for fans'
While its whole purpose is to tread water, I was ready to do cartwheels in the aisle by the end of this latest spin-off

Jordan Hoffman

15, Dec, 2016 @12:00 PM

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Arrival review – Amy Adams has a sublime word with alien visitors
Denis Villeneuve’s thrilling sci-fi epic, in which a linguistics expert is called on to speak for the human race, is daring, clever and touched with skin-crawling strangeness

Peter Bradshaw

10, Nov, 2016 @3:30 PM

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