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Confession review – priest, cop and bloodied gunman face off in church thriller
Colm Meaney leads a compelling trio of actors but but this talky drama labours under the weight of a plodding script

Phil Hoad

24, Jan, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Dear Rider review – soft-treading portrait of snowboarding’s one-time maverick
Fernando Villena’s documentary tries to position pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter as a rebellious upstart, but his time as the head of an industry giant makes that a stretch

Phil Hoad

19, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Max Reload and the Nether Blasters review – eager tribute to 1980s gaming culture
This adventure-romp has a true 16-bit aficionado’s attention to detail – there’s even a cameo from the high priest of geek, Kevin Smith

Phil Hoad

18, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘I want to show France who we are’: the slum influencer with his sights on parliament
Nasser Sari has grown a huge social media following documenting life in one of the poorest French neighbourhoods. Now he wants to enter national politics

Phil Hoad in Perpignan

05, Jan, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Resistance: 1942 review – Jason Patric smuggles quality into worthy war tale
A group of dissident French fugitives dodge goose-stepping Gestapo officers in a drama that loses its battle with cliches

Phil Hoad

04, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park review – hectic sequel with an all-over-the-place plot
This follow-up to the 2016 flop makes a scattershot attempt at fusing celebrity satire with a riotous musical plot

Phil Hoad

31, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The Jack in the Box: Awakening review – gothic toy clown horror springs few surprises
An unsavoury oedipal pact provides the only original note in a sequel that otherwise goes through the motions

Phil Hoad

30, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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83 review – cricket crowdpleaser puts a new spin on the underdog movie
India’s stunning 1983 World Cup triumph is retold in endearing style by a sports film with a sharp anticolonialist drive

Phil Hoad

23, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the US, No 4: Drive My Car
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi adapts a Haruki Murakami short story into a highly moving meditation on life and art

Phil Hoad

14, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK, No 4: Drive My Car
A tender, meditative drama that marks Ryusuke Hamaguchi a new master of Japanese cinema

Phil Hoad

14, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Castle Falls review – Dolph Lundgren puts on his specs and flexes his pecs
The muscly maestro teams up with Scott Adkins in a gleeful film about a rickety high-rise, a criminal kingpin and a bag of money

Phil Hoad

13, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Quo Vadis, Aida? takes best picture at European film awards
Shattering depiction of Srebrenica massacre pips Florian Zeller’s The Father to top prize

Phil Hoad

11, Dec, 2021 @11:19 PM

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