Period and historical films

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Elvis review – Baz Luhrmann’s squeaky-clean King is shaking no one up
Incurious yet frantic, Luhrmann’s spangly epic is off-key – and Austin Butler flounders in those blue suede shoes

Peter Bradshaw

25, May, 2022 @7:46 PM

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Tchaikovsky’s Wife review – love turns to obsession in an off-key marriage
Alyona Mikhailova is tremendous as estranged wife Antonina, whose naivety and narcissism fester in the rubble of her marriage to the gay composer

Peter Bradshaw

18, May, 2022 @3:53 PM

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The Road Dance review – boiling fury in tale of rape and denial in the Hebrides
There’s a wild rage against the backdrop of amazing landscape in an adaptation of John MacKay’s novel about a sex assault in a crofting community

Cath Clarke

16, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Ghosts of the Ozarks review – shrewd Twin Peaksy allegory that musters dark forces
This supernatural thriller digs deep into the underbelly of a weird backwoods idyll

Phil Hoad

16, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Lost Illusions review – Balzac adaptation is period-drama perfection
Benjamin Voisin and Cécile de France star in a superb costume coming-of-age story for the Netflix generation

Peter Bradshaw

10, May, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Hell Hath No Fury review – cleverly choreographed violence in a search for Nazi loot
Danish actor Nina Bergman is the commanding, shaven-headed hero of a bleak, subversive parable on the lethal power of greed

Phuong Le

10, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Adventures of Maid Marian review – historical clunker with a boyband Robin Hood
Almost comically unmedieval, this new take on the legend lacks the budget and acting chops of previous Hollywood versions

Cath Clarke

04, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Downton Abbey: A New Era review – cheerfully risible second helping of snobby melodrama
The second – and hopefully last – film spun off from Julian Fellowes’s successful TV series is as hammy, silly, and undeniably entertaining as ever

Peter Bradshaw

25, Apr, 2022 @11:00 PM

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Silverton Siege review – sensational apartheid-era standoff gets Hollywood treatment
Cliches and contrivances relegate a key incident in South African history to routine Tinseltown-style fodder

Peter Bradshaw

25, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Firebird review – story of gay lovers in the Soviet era is Brokeback in the USSR
True story of lovers thwarted by the repressive Soviet military in the 1970s has sadly not lost any of its relevance

Leslie Felperin

19, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle review – Japanese soldier’s never-ending war
Robust, old-fashioned anti-war epic tells the true story of the soldier posted to the Philippines in the second world war, who refused to surrender until 1974

Peter Bradshaw

12, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Northman review – Robert Eggers’ brutal vision of vengeance and violence
Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Björk and Anya Taylor-Joy feature in a mesmerisingly outrageous take on the Norse myth that inspired Hamlet

Peter Bradshaw

11, Apr, 2022 @4:00 PM

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