Octavia Spencer

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Spirited review – Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds hit all the wrong notes in Christmas musical
The two make for an awkward double act in a slick but grating song-and-dance spin on A Christmas Carol that will make grinches of us all

Benjamin Lee

09, Nov, 2022 @6:03 PM

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Encounter review – Riz Ahmed shines in sophisticated alien-invasion thriller
Family road movie and sci-fi conspiracy merge in this subtle psychological drama from Beast director Michael Pearce

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

05, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Thunder Force review – Melissa McCarthy gets superstrength in rote superhero comedy
McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are childhood friends turned crime-fighting duo in this by-the-numbers comedy

Peter Bradshaw

09, Apr, 2021 @7:01 AM

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The Witches review – Roald Dahl reboot fails to cast the original's magic spell
Robert Zemeckis’s retelling of the wicked children’s story feels more grumpy than scary, while its comedy veers between frantic and strained

Peter Bradshaw

21, Oct, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Idris Elba, Viola Davis and over 300 stars call on Hollywood to divest from police
A letter aimed at the entertainment industry calls for more investment in black talent and less glorification of police violence

Adrian Horton

23, Jun, 2020 @7:35 PM

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Self-Made and The Banker showcase the power of black-owned businesses
The Netflix series and Apple TV movie tell true stories of entrepreneurship at odds with an ongoing Hollywood narrative of black tragedy

André Wheeler

01, Apr, 2020 @7:55 AM

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Self Made review – Octavia Spencer sparkles in inspiring Netflix drama
The story of Madam CJ Walker, the first self-made female millionaire in America, makes for an involving four-part series about groundbreaking entrepreneurship

Benjamin Lee

20, Mar, 2020 @6:10 AM

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Onward review – Pixar's best film in years is Frozen with boys
The animation studio conjures some of the old magic with a touching tale of childhood grief and brotherly bonding

Steve Rose

21, Feb, 2020 @5:00 PM

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Dolittle review – Robert Downey Jr's middling talking-animals pantomime
The Avengers star opts for a dodgy Welsh accent in an uninspiring if not entirely unwatchable new take on the animal-friendly doctor

Benjamin Lee

15, Jan, 2020 @6:00 PM

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Truth Be Told review – a criminally bad podcast thriller
Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul star as a former investigative journalist and the prisoner she may have helped to wrongly convict, in this shallow take on the true crime boom

Lucy Mangan

06, Dec, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Luce review - provocative examination of race in America
A young black man is lauded by his school as a model student

Wendy Ide

09, Nov, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Luce review – hard lessons for a high-school star
In this strange and muddled drama, Octavia Spencer plays a teacher who makes an unsettling discovery about one of her pupils

Peter Bradshaw

06, Nov, 2019 @1:00 PM

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