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Love is (still) in the air: how the romcom came back from the dead
After decades of dominance, the romcom became a succession of tired cliches. But thanks to streaming – and more diverse casting – it’s back on our screens

Rachael Sigee

08, Feb, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Cut! Is this the death of sex in cinema?
The number of films classified 18 for sex has plummeted. We explore how studio pressure, #MeToo nerves and the proliferation of porn created a new puritanism

Catherine Shoard

12, Apr, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Lady Gaga and the rise of the Insufferable Theatre Kid Nerd
From A Star Is Born to The Greatest Showman, are actors who cut their teeth in musicals finally taking over?

Paul Flynn

18, Feb, 2019 @9:00 AM

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David Oyelowo: ‘We don't give black and brown actors the chance to fail’
A new BBC documentary explores race and Hollywood in the wake of Moonlight’s Oscar win. The actor, along with other film-makers, asks whether that moment actually made a difference

Jack Seale

20, Oct, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Tell us, First Man: was shooting for the moon worth the bother? | Catherine Shoard
Damien Chazelle’s film is surprisingly sceptical, says the Guardian’s film editor, Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard

13, Oct, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Damien Chazelle: ‘I liked doing something that was the polar opposite of La La Land’
The Oscar-winning director on his new movie about the 1969 moon landing, that infamous best film mix-up, and finding time for a honeymoon

Killian Fox

07, Oct, 2018 @8:00 AM

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The Lamest Showmen: why can’t male actors sing?
As the new Mamma Mia! hits cinemas, we explore why male actors hit the bum notes in modern movie musicals

Steve Rose

23, Jul, 2018 @9:00 AM

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From Boyhood to Get Out – why the 2010s is my favourite film decade
The last seven years has given us career bests from visionary veterans and a horde of hungry up-and-comers ready to drag Hollywood into modernity. The death of cinema? We’ve never had it so good

Cath Clarke

29, Mar, 2018 @5:30 AM

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Make ’em laugh? Serial killers, suicide and now a Sheffield estate are the grit of musicals | Stephanie Merritt
Richard Hawley’s plan to tell the story of Park Hill estate in song and dance shows how the genre is changing

Stephanie Merritt

04, Mar, 2018 @12:02 AM

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Oscars so Right: how the Academy Awards became relevant again
After Moonlight swept the 2017 Oscars, could this year’s awards be the most socially conscious and boundary pushing yet?

Words by: Ellen E Jones, Typography by: Steven Wilson and Design by: Frank Hulley-Jones

03, Mar, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to present best picture Oscar again
Bonnie and Clyde pair get second chance after announcing La La Land instead of Moonlight at the 2017 Academy Awards

Jake Nevins

02, Mar, 2018 @8:06 PM

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The best films of 2017 so far
La La Land and The Love Witch wove magic, Moonlight and Lion wrung out tears, while Get Out and Lady Macbeth got nasty. Plus, there were striking debuts, returns to form by seasoned directors and reunions for the Trainspotting rogues

Gwilym Mumford and Andrew Pulver

07, Feb, 2018 @12:35 PM

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