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TV tonight – Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham star in devastating Covid drama Help

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“Gloria’s got a cough.” On the face of it, innocuous words. But horribly ominous in a care home in early 2020. Initially, this devastating drama by Jack Thorne and Marc Munden zooms in on the sweet, beautifully rende...

Cry Macho review – Clint Eastwood’s dull 70s drama evokes no tears

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Cry Macho, the new 70s-set film from the world’s most prolific nonagenarian director, Clint Eastwood, has endured an almost 50-year journey to the screen, a journey that, after actually watching Cry Macho, is of far m...

The Survivor review – Barry Levinson’s solid postwar boxing drama

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Director Barry Levinson brings the confidence of a professional lifetime to this heartfelt true story of Herschel “Harry” Haft, a tough Polish Jew who boxed as a light heavyweight in the postwar United States, even ta...

Christopher Nolan to make drama about the ‘father of the atomic bomb’

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Christopher Nolan has confirmed that his next film will be a drama about the development of the atomic bomb. In a deviation from his work with Warner Bros, the director will head to Universal Pictures for the drama wh...

GB News may be useless at news – but it’s Britain’s top channel for luvvie drama

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News that Andrew Neil is to leave GB News as lead presenter and chairman was, in typical fashion, broken a while ago and by reporters for outlets other than GB News. It’s a shame the station’s journalists weren’t firs...

Drama school Lamda finds ‘serious relations breakdown’ under ex-head

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An investigation into complaints made against the former head of the UK’s oldest drama school has reported a “serious breakdown of relations” between her and some staff “due to weaknesses in communication, leadership ...

Benediction review – Terence Davies’ piercingly sad Siegfried Sassoon drama

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Terence Davies’s uncompromisingly sombre film about Siegfried Sassoon reminded me of how Enoch Powell, at the nadir of his political self-pity, would moan to anyone who would listen: “I wish I had been killed in the w...

The Humans review – masterly family drama transfers from stage to screen

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There’s a surprising urgency to Stephen Karam’s adaptation of his Tony-winning play The Humans, a vitality one might not expect from a film that sounds like something we’ve seen many times before. Not only is the set-...

The Starling review – toe-curlingly embarrassing Melissa McCarthy drama

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This bizarre sentimental dramedy is fatuous and phoney in every particular: a quite extraordinary festival of gibberish. Every implausible scene, every unconvincing character, every contrived dollop of symbolism, ever...

Ninjababy review – raunchily frank Norwegian pregnancy drama

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Astronaut, beer-taster, comic artist – these are just some of the things Rakel aspires to be. Mother is not on the list, so it’s a shock when the 23-year-old graphic design dropout (Kristine Kujath Thorp) discovers sh...

Encounter review – Riz Ahmed can’t save uneven sci-fi invasion drama

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Michael Pearce is the British director who made a terrific feature debut at Toronto in 2017 with his psychological drama-thriller Beast, but I have to admit I was disappointed with his new film, a starrier, bigger-bud...

Herself review – Irish abuse drama turns into home-build heartwarmer

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Clare Dunne is the young Irish stage and screen performer who takes a commanding role in this heartfelt and engrossing personal movie: she is the star and co-writer with Malcolm Campbell (who scripted Lenny Abrahamson...

Life Is Strange: True Colours review – an earnest drama about a psychic empath

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The idea of moving somewhere picturesque for a fresh start is fast becoming as common a trope in video games as it is in TV, film and books. In this slice-of-life melodrama from Colorado studio Deck Nine, Alex Chen mo...

The War Below review – wartime tunnelling heroes rushed through drama

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‘Gentlemen, tonight we may not make history, but we’ll certainly change the bloody geography.” British army colonel Hellfire Jack (Tom Goodman-Hill) gives sterling quotation (though it was apparently said in real life...

The Collini Case review – Nazi courtroom drama bogged down in cliches

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“We need to know about the evil,” said the German lawyer-turned-bestselling-novelist Ferdinand von Schirach. “That’s the only way we can live with it.” His grandfather was head of the Hitler Youth and his grandmother ...

Judgment day for Afghanistan: the ‘raw’ legal drama trying Britain for war crimes

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Twenty years after the start of the coalition invasion of Afghanistan, the chaos of the withdrawal has prompted calls from cross-party politicians for an independent inquiry to take a cold, strategic look at what went...

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