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‘High drama, with the lowest stakes’ – what really happened at the Wagatha Christie trial

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“This is not entertainment,” Rebekah Vardy’s barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC, declared at the opening of the trial referred to at the Royal Courts of Justice as Vardy v Rooney, but known everywhere else as the Wagatha Ch...

Leila’s Brothers review – one woman, five misogynistic parasites in fierce Iranian drama

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Iranian film-maker Saeed Roustayi delivers a big, absorbing, character-driven family drama in the Italian-American style with fierce performances, a huge set-piece wedding scene and touches of Visconti’s Rocco and His...

Lotus Beauty review – salon-set social issues drama only goes skin deep

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Lotus Beauty deals in desperately important subject matter. Set in a beauty salon in the midst of the south Asian community in Southall, west London, it includes themes of domestic violence, depression, stillbirth, im...

Forever Young review – endlessly tedious story of self-involved drama students

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Endless drama, perpetual pouting and nonstop narcissism in this epically tiresome movie from director Valerie Bruni-Tedeschi and screenwriter Agnes De Sacy about a generation of highly-strung and mercurially talented ...

God’s Creatures review – Emily Watson and Paul Mescal shine in doom-laden drama

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This film, from screenwriter Shane Crowley and co-directors Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer, is a tense cine-ballad of guilt and shame. It is set on a remote coastal village in Ireland where there is a precarious liv...

When You Finish Saving the World review – Jesse Eisenberg’s sweet coming-of-age comedy drama

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Jesse Eisenberg was Oscar-nominated for his fast-talking turn as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network – a performance that persuaded the world to think of the Facebook supremo as a garrulous, injured soul. He is also...

Floodlights review – this harrowing drama about sexual abuse in football is so, so valuable

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“By the way, Woody,” says Barry Bennell, “do you think you’re good enough to be one of my boys?” The football coach is visiting Andy Woodward’s parents’ house to recruit their son for Crewe Alexandra’s youth team, but...

The Quiet Girl review – exquisite debut drama set in rural Ireland

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It seems a modest little story at first, a cinematic wallflower content to cling to the corners of its tight, boxed-in aspect ratio, rather than thrust itself on to the audience. But while The Quiet Girl, Colm Bairéad...

‘Secrets kill’: the harrowing drama about sexual abuse in football

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“It’s going to be tough” says Barry Bennell to his excited young protege Andy Woodward. “But trust in me and you can go from £20 a week to two grand.” For a lad from early-80s Stockport whose mum is having to do shift...

Father Stu review – Mark Wahlberg’s renegade-turned-priest blesses Catholic drama

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In this de facto, if far from de jure, latest iteration of the Ted franchise, Mark Wahlberg once again forms a strange, almost inexplicable bond with a supernatural creature who tests him in a number of painful, probl...

TV takes a dark turn as true crime is turned into primetime drama

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Solving an appalling crime is one thing, understanding why it happened quite another. This year British television drama looks set to be dominated by the desire to explain real evil. Betting on a public thirst for in-...

Love Life review – this deeply romantic drama portrays love impeccably

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The first season of Love Life (BBC One) centred on Darby Carter, played by Anna Kendrick, and the relationships that defined her life. Some were loving, some were sexual, some were friendly, some a combination of all ...

Drama should be accessible to all, not just a privileged few

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Mark Rylance’s stance on the inequalities of drama and theatre provision in UK schools needs to be aired more widely (Mark Rylance calls out Tory arts cuts in new Jerusalem programme, 29 April). Why, when the nation i...

Luck Just Kissed You Hello review – scorching truth-telling in deathbed drama

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What kind of man is it possible to be? That is Amy Conroy’s probing question in her 2015 play, which places gender identity at the heart of a family drama. Returning to Ireland for the imminent death of his father, Ma...

Arse-kickings? Snap elections? Roll up for all the local results drama

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Local election results mean three flagships have now been sunk in the past month: Westminster, Wandsworth, and the Moskva. Along with Barnet, the loss of those first two councils has contributed to the Conservatives’ ...

Atabai review – great man’s homecoming in sincere Iranian drama about love and loss

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Iranian actor-director Niki Karimi has created a very involved film, clotted with anger and pain, straining towards some emotional meaning or resolution which, for me, never satisfyingly emerges. She has co-written it...

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