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Rossy de Palma: ‘Almodóvar always leaves space for a little bit of life to come in’
The Spanish actor on 35 years working with Pedro Almodóvar, the joy of her 80s pop band, and facing up to her country’s past

Xan Brooks

23, Jan, 2022 @9:30 AM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the US, No 6: Dune
Denis Villeneuve’s fantasy epic finds a happy truce between booming multiplex blockbuster and moody arthouse drama

Xan Brooks

10, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK, No 6: Dune
The missing link between multiplex and arthouse, Denis Villeneuve’s sandy sci-fi opus is dense and moody but also thoroughly immersive and often sublime

Xan Brooks

10, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK, No 9: The Lost Daughter
Olivia Colman is mesmerising in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s delicious adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel

Xan Brooks

07, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The 50 best films of 2021 in the US, No 10: The Lost Daughter
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut turns the Elena Ferrante novel into a tense psychodrama with a standout performance from Olivia Colman

Xan Brooks

06, Dec, 2021 @10:18 AM

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Céline Sciamma: ‘My films are always about a few days out of the world’
From Girlhood to Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the film-maker’s intimate human dramas have ​brought her acclaim. She talks about her latest, Petite Maman

Xan Brooks

14, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Michael Caine on Brexit, Boris Johnson and big breaks: ‘I’ve done 150 movies. I think that’s enough’
He blew the doors off in the 60s as part of an upstart generation of actors. As he releases a new film and tries his hand at novel-writing, is he about to make a clean getaway from the movie business?

Xan Brooks

18, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Todd Haynes: ‘This world is too cosy. Except cosy is almost too cosy a word’
Making a documentary about the Velvet Underground transported the film-maker to a ‘distant planet’ and more radical time. He talks about his envy of musicians, the spirit of Factory-era New York and ‘our lost spirit of revolt’

Xan Brooks

07, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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‘I didn’t really watch any tennis’: how Martin Parr captured the Grand Slam’s real champions
The photographer toured the four tournaments shooting thrilled fans instead of sweaty stars. He talks about why street photography is becoming impossible – and life after his cancer diagnosis

Xan Brooks

05, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen review – a fine start to a family trilogy
This simmering 70s-set domestic drama is warm, expansive and funny – a pure pleasure to read

Xan Brooks

29, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Mandibles review – bizarre giant-fly comedy runs out of sugar
It’s a truly daft idea, but Quentin Dupieux’s film about a pair of robbers who try to train a giant insect doesn’t quite go the distance

Xan Brooks

17, Sep, 2021 @10:37 AM

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Captain Volkonogov Escaped review – on the run in through-the-mirror Soviet Russia
Aleksey Chupov and Natasha Merkulova’s film is an impressively deadpan triller about a security agent on a mission to redeem himself

Xan Brooks

08, Sep, 2021 @2:30 PM

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