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Nightmare Alley review – a neo-noir knockout from Guillermo del Toro
Bradley Cooper plays a carnival conman drawn into a dark underworld in this dazzling drama from the Mexican director

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

23, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Memoria review – Tilda Swinton works her magic in enigmatic fantasy
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has crafted a trance-like tale of a woman haunted by strange sounds in Colombia

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

16, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Boiling Point review – Stephen Graham is on fire in nerve-jangling night in hell’s kitchen
Audaciously filmed in a single take, Philip Barantini’s low-budget drama serves up a brilliant performance from Graham as a chef on the edge

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

09, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson’s joyously nostalgic coming-of-age tale
Anderson crafts an offbeat love story that manages to be sweet, hilarious, absurd – and wholly believable

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

02, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Mark Kermode’s best films of 2021
Chloé Zhao’s best director Oscar, an unforgettable turn by Joanna Scanlan and Céline Sciamma’s flawless fairytale stood out, but the year belonged to Bond…

Mark Kermode

26, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Titane review – Agathe Rousselle is extraordinary in Palme d’Or-winning body horror
Julia Ducournau’s follow-up to her superb cannibal shocker Raw is a visceral whirlwind of car sex, flesh-and-metal mutations – and love

Mark Kermode

26, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Lost Daughter review – Olivia Colman compels in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s eerie psychodrama
Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut turns Elena Ferrante’s dark tale about a seemingly idyllic Greek beach holiday into a menacing riddle of the sands

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

19, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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West Side Story review – Spielberg’s remake takes off when it dances to its own tune
Rachel Zegler’s Maria alone justifies this handsome update of the classic Broadway musical hits – though not everyone is a perfect fit

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

12, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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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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House of Gucci review – Lady Gaga steers a steely path through the madness
Gaga rules in Ridley Scott’s at times ridiculous drama based on the true-life sagas of the Italian fashion dynasty

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

28, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Petite Maman review – Céline Sciamma’s heartbreakingly hopeful fairytale for all ages
The acclaimed French director has created another gem with this magical story of a young girl coming to terms with her grandmother’s death

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

21, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Mothering Sunday review – a portrait of the artist as a young maid
French director Eva Husson bypasses Britflick stuffiness in this passionate period drama adapted from a Graham Swift story of loss and rebirth

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

14, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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