Period and historical films

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The Power review – merciless East End hospital horror
A fragile nurse encounters malevolent forces on night duty in Corinna Faith’s efficient screw-tightener with a feminist slant

Cath Clarke

07, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Minari review – a Korean family sows seeds of hope in Arkansas
Infused with a wonderful sentimentality, Lee Isaac Chung’s fictionalised account of his rural US childhood explores the growing pains of a family farm

Peter Bradshaw

01, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Six Minutes to Midnight review – Eddie Izzard miscast in strained Nazi-school yarn
The comedian plays a teacher who takes a job at a Nazi-sympathising Bexhill school on the cusp of the second world war

Peter Bradshaw

25, Mar, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Why are historical figures presumed straight? Francis Lee on causing outrage with Ammonite
The Yorkshire director sparked a storm by portraying fossil-hunter Mary Anning as a lesbian. He explains why the film, which stars Kate Winslet as the lead, is his most personal yet

Ryan Gilbey

23, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Senator review – an easy ride for Ted Kennedy
Jason Clarke plays the youngest Kennedy brother, self-pityingly facing prosecution and trying to salvage his political career, in this over-lenient film

Peter Bradshaw

17, Mar, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The Humorist review – a comedian crumbles as the USSR collapses
A fictional standup confronts his limits in this intriguing time capsule of 1980s Soviet history

Phuong Le

08, Mar, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Into the Darkness review – a Danish family at war as the Nazis roll in
In Anders Refn’s sweeping second world war saga, a wealthy clan is ripped apart after choosing several different sides in the conflict

Leslie Felperin

03, Mar, 2021 @6:00 PM

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The Final Stand review – old-fashioned flag-waving for Mother Russia
Thousands of green military cadets march into the firing line as the Red Army resists Nazi invasion in Vadim Shmelyov’s cliche-ridden historical epic

Cath Clarke

03, Mar, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The 20 best Michelle Pfeiffer films – ranked!
She blazed a trail as gangsters’ molls and slinky lounge acts, then returned from a career break to essay a variety of wicked witches, comic turns and grand dames. Next month she’ll be seen as a penniless heiress in acclaimed comedy French Exit. But which are her best roles?

Peter Bradshaw

25, Feb, 2021 @12:05 PM

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Emperor review – adventure trumps accuracy in civil war biopic
The true story of an escaped slave turned insurgent is told in very broad strokes in this action-packed thriller

Phil Hoad

23, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Jailbreak review – the great, ingenious, Chilean escape
The last days of Pinochet’s regime form the backdrop of this exciting dramatisation of a real prison-break plot

Phuong Le

23, Feb, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Uppercase Print review – a fierce denunciation of Ceaușescu's Romania
Radu Jude dramatises the case of a disenchanted teenager turned in to the secret police in 1980s Romania in this chilling work of filmed theatre

Peter Bradshaw

15, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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