Sundance 2021

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Film-maker Prano Bailey-Bond: ‘People think horror is just exploding heads’
The British director’s debut film, Censor, has won awards and plaudits, and attracted new fans to the genre

Jonathan Romney

06, Dec, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Land review – Robin Wright heads into the wild for tame drama
The actor makes a muted directorial debut with a conventional film about a woman going off the grid after a devastating tragedy

Benjamin Lee

01, Jun, 2021 @8:38 AM

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Judas and the Black Messiah review – electric Black Panthers drama
The true story of assassinated activist Fred Hampton is brought to vibrant life with never-better performances from Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield

Peter Bradshaw

12, Mar, 2021 @6:39 AM

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From raw drama to foot trauma: the best of Sundance 2021
Films from first-time directors including Rebecca Hall, Robin Wright and Fran Kranz were the standouts at this year’s virtual festival

Wendy Ide

06, Feb, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Pleasure review – bold, explicit and ambitious LA porn drama
In Swedish film-maker Ninja Thyberg’s strong debut, a young woman discovers a difficult, male-dominated industry as she strives for agency

Adrian Horton

02, Feb, 2021 @6:42 PM

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Life in a Day 2020 review – ambitious, bizarre and hugely exasperating
Kevin Macdonald’s film aims to give a snapshot of the modern world but its context-free clips look more like a corporate ad

Peter Bradshaw

02, Feb, 2021 @1:00 AM

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The Sparks Brothers review – Edgar Wright's electric portrait of the pop duo
The director’s imaginative documentary covers the often underappreciated career of Sparks in a funny and vibrant manner

Jordan Hoffman

01, Feb, 2021 @3:01 PM

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Mayday review – female-led action fantasy opts for style over substance
The feature debut of writer-director Karen Cinorre, orbits an intriguing premise – healing as purgatory, inspired by the Sirens – but its visuals far outpace its writing

Adrian Horton

31, Jan, 2021 @11:30 PM

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Flee review – remarkable refugee story told with heart and audacity
A thrilling documentary made with a blend of animation and archive footage tells an immensely powerful tale of a gay Afghan survivor

Benjamin Lee

31, Jan, 2021 @8:16 PM

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Passing review – Rebecca Hall's elegant but inert directorial debut
The actor’s adaptation of Nella Larsen’s novel about race in 1920s Harlem features a scene-stealing Ruth Negga but a disappointing lack of verve

Benjamin Lee

31, Jan, 2021 @2:00 AM

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Mass review – excruciating drama deals with school shooting aftermath
Two sets of parents meet up years after a devastating tragedy in a difficult and impeccably acted film about forgiveness and blame

Benjamin Lee

30, Jan, 2021 @10:03 PM

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On the Count of Three review – hit-and-miss suicide bromance comedy
Strong performances from first-time director Jerrod Carmichael and Christopher Abbott buoy a shaggy caper about depressed best friends

Benjamin Lee

30, Jan, 2021 @6:37 PM

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