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The British film board's racism rule change smacks of paternalism | Simran Hans
It is troubling that the British Board of Film Classification believes its role includes judging art on the ‘lessons’ it imparts, says Observer film critic Simran Hans

Simran Hans

02, Dec, 2021 @2:19 PM

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn review – playful Romanian sex tape satire
Radu Jude attacks his country’s moralising attitudes through the tale of a teacher whose private life is put in the dock

Simran Hans

28, Nov, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Pirates review – Reggie Yates romp set on New Year’s Eve 1999
Three friends head for a garage rave to see in the millennium in Yates’s irrepressible directorial debut

Simran Hans

28, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Encanto review – Disney musical casts its spell with a little help from Lin-Manuel Miranda
Miranda’s slinky soundtrack and unexpected subtleties align as Disney’s new outsider heroine tries to save her family from ruin

Simran Hans

27, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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You Will Die at Twenty review – radiant Sudanese coming-of-age tale
A young man whose early death was foretold begins to question a life of caution

Simran Hans

14, Nov, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Natural Light review – bleak but beautifully shot war drama
Dénes Nagy’s sombre second world war film doesn’t give much away, but its coldness speaks volumes about the nature of conflict

Simran Hans

14, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Tick, Tick… Boom! review – Andrew Garfield shines in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s meta musical
Garfield gives it his all in Miranda’s take on the life of Rent creator Jonathan Larson

Simran Hans

14, Nov, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Cry Macho review – Clint Eastwood’s lone ranger bridges the generation gap
The director plays a ‘real cowboy’ who bonds with the boy he’s asked to rescue from his mother in this touching road movie

Simran Hans

13, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Procession review – extraordinary documentary giving voice to sexual abuse survivors
Robert Greene’s documentary brings the stories of six men abused as children by Catholic priests to the screen with remarkable care and creativity

Simran Hans

13, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Rescue review – riveting Thai cave rescue documentary
The rescuers are the focus as Free Solo directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin expertly weave news footage with restaged scenes

Simran Hans

31, Oct, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Quant review – Sadie Frost’s lively tribute to the 60s fashion designer
Kate Moss, Zandra Rhodes and co celebrate the queen of the miniskirt in a well-judged documentary that’s missing just one thing…

Simran Hans

31, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Antlers review – satisfyingly gross folklore horror
A creature lurks in an cellar waiting to sink its teeth into an Oregon mining community in​ this gloomy tale co-produced by​ Guillermo del Toro

Simran Hans

31, Oct, 2021 @11:30 AM

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