Period and historical films

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Amsterdam review – turn of the screwball in David O Russell’s starry muddle
Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington bring laughs to a exhaustingly wacky riff on a real-life fascist conspiracy in 1930s New York

Peter Bradshaw

28, Sep, 2022 @3:39 PM

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Blonde review – Ana de Armas gives her all as Monroe in otherwise incurious film
Glossy horror perpetuates the tradition of portraying the brilliant actor as an infantile, sacrificial sex-lamb on the altar of celebrity

Peter Bradshaw

21, Sep, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Burial review – alternative-history drama of the battle over Hitler’s corpse
Intriguing alt-history about a struggle to capture the dictator’s corpse is ill-served by vague characterisation and feeble action scenes

Phil Hoad

20, Sep, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Spielberg’s The Fabelmans wins Toronto film festival People’s Choice award
Director’s most autobiographical film to date picks up audience prize generally seen as indicator of awards success to come

Andrew Pulver

19, Sep, 2022 @10:21 AM

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One Second review – Zhang Yimou’s censored love letter to cinema reels you in
Grief and pain go to the bone in the Chinese director’s simple, beautifully shot tale about an escaped prisoner and an orphan

Cath Clarke

14, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Banshees of Inisherin review – a Guinness-black comedy of male pain
Venice film festival: Martin McDonagh reunites Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in remotest Ireland for an oddball study of isolation and hurt

Peter Bradshaw

05, Sep, 2022 @2:45 PM

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Blue Jean review – watchable section 28 drama makes its point
Venice film festival: Though some of the acting seems a bit made-for-TV, this 80s-set drama looking at homophobia during the Thatcher era has a forthright, soap-operatic force

Peter Bradshaw

03, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Mr Malcolm’s List review – costumes steal the show in Regency romp
A jilted beauty plots her revenge in this perky but predictable period drama

Wendy Ide

28, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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‘I said, put me in a corset asap’: Zawe Ashton on period dramas, pregnancy and embracing silliness
After a series of harrowing roles, the former Fresh Meat star is rediscovering her ‘joyful side’, with a Bridgerton-esque romp – and a baby on the way with Tom Hiddleston

Liv Little

20, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Eiffel review – celebrated tower builder gets cheekily tall backstory
Romain Duris brings authority to this fanciful version of history, which has Gustave Eiffel erecting the monument as a Taj Mahal for his lost love

Peter Bradshaw

09, Aug, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The Emigrants review – gritty old-worlders make rewarding trek to American frontier
Powerfully told story of 19th-century Swedish migrants takes its time, but delivers a fresh, honest take on their arduous path

Leslie Felperin

26, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Prizefighter review – Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone in the ring for period punch-up
Despite some serious star power on the bill, this lightweight sporting drama never gets off the ropes

Peter Bradshaw

20, Jul, 2022 @10:00 AM

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