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Cinema hypnosis: is this the answer to noisy post-lockdown audiences?

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Name: Hypnotic cinema. Age: New for 2022. Appearance: Just like a film. But, in this case a piece of film-making so mesmerising and incantatory that it leaves viewers in a kind of trance? No, just a regular film. The...

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song at 50: a radical moment for black cinema

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“This film is dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who had enough of the Man,” declare the opening titles of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. When it was released, 50 years ago this month, that was a lot of the...

Michael Winterbottom: why British independent cinema resembles an abandoned building site

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My motive for writing a book was selfish. I’d been making films for a quarter of a century and, at the start of last year, I wanted to step back and think about the way I was working. A book was a useful excuse to sp...

Monica Vitti, ‘queen of Italian cinema’, dies aged 90

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Italian actor Monica Vitti, an icon best known for her starring roles in films by Michelangelo Antonioni, has died aged 90, the country’s culture ministry said on Wednesday. “Goodbye Monica Vitti, goodbye queen of Ita...

Cineworld makes $3bn loss as Covid cinema closures take toll

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Cineworld made a $3bn (£2.2bn) loss for last year, revealing the scale of the financial toll that months of cinema closures has brought to the world’s second largest cinema chain. The company, which on Thursday said i...

Dune review – blockbuster cinema at its dizzying, dazzling best

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Dune reminds us what a Hollywood blockbuster can be. Implicitly, its message written again and again in the sand, Denis Villeneuve’s fantasy epic tells us that big-budget spectaculars don’t have to be dumb or hyperact...

Florida jury acquits ex-police officer who killed man in cinema phone row

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A Florida jury has acquitted a retired police Swat commander who was charged with murder after shooting a fellow moviegoer during an argument over cellphone use. Deliberations in the trial began on Friday and the six-...

Sunday with Patrice Evra: ‘Eating popcorn in the cinema takes me away’

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Work or relax? My fiancée [Danish model Margaux Alexandra] is not happy if I spend hours in the gym. She’s like, ‘Let’s wake up nice and easy.’ I’m used to playing football on a Sunday, so she’s taught me how to relax...

Cinema returns to Somalia with first public screening in 30 years

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Somalia has hosted its first movie screening in 30 years under heavy security as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal. The event was held at the National Theatre of Somalia, which has a history th...

The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel sounds like Secret Cinema in hell

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Disney World has long been touted as a place where dreams come true, which in reality was only the case if your subconscious mind had been plagued by visions of queues, tourists, crying children, depressed teenagers i...

UK to hit ‘peak drive-in’ this summer as outdoor cinema bookings boom

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The UK is on track to hit “peak drive-in” this summer with outdoor cinema bookings surging ahead of the lifting of restrictions on some Covid-safe gatherings next week. There has been an “explosion” in the number of e...

How safe is the cinema? Experts analyse Covid risks as No Time to Die opens

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Audiences are expected to flock to sold-out screenings when No Time to Die opens on Thursday, especially after rave reviews, and for many it will be the first cinema visit since the pandemic took hold. For others, eve...

Film industry banks on The Batman to mark start of ‘post-Covid’ cinema

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The release of The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, is being heralded as the beginning of an anticipated post-pandemic blockbuster boom, with UK box office sales forecast to double this year to top £1bn for the firs...

‘I walked out of Avengers profoundly changed’: our writers’ favourite cinema moments

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It is so difficult to pin down a “happiest” moment in the cinema, as opposed to the clearer spikes of fear, amusement or euphoria, maybe because the happy feeling can bubble along more or less unobtrusively all the wa...

‘It’s still really, really raw’: Port Arthur massacre film Nitram premieres in Hobart to half-empty cinema

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There were no posters advertising the Tasmanian premiere of Nitram at the independent State Cinema, which took place on Thursday night. Justin Kurzel’s new film dramatising the lead-up to 1996’s Port Arthur massacre, ...

The bat, man: live animal prank causes flap in Austin cinema

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A live bat was released during a showing of The Batman in Austin, Texas, the prank forcing theater management to pause the film and attempt to remove the animal. Staff at the Moviehouse & Eatery acted swiftly at t...

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