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Streaming: the best films about the porn industry

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Pornography is a tricky subject for mainstream or even respectable arthouse cinema, forcing film-makers to walk a fine line: veil or sanitise the subject too much and you lose any sense of authenticity; lean too far i...

The best films of 2022 so far

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70s-set romance from Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Cooper Hoffman as a former child actor who sets his sights on 10-years-older Alana Haim as he gets into the waterbed business.What we said: “This hypnotically gorgeo...

Be kind rewind: the unstoppable rise of ‘nicecore’ films and TV

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With the summer hiatus fast approaching, the time is ripe to declare the winners and losers of the 2021-22 US TV season, and the most straightforward success story is that of Abbott Elementary. Creator-star Quinta Bru...

Nadine Dorries claims dyslexia made her say ‘downstream’ films

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The culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, has said dyslexia caused her to mix up her words and suggest people “downstream” movies and play on “tennis pitches”. The cabinet minister responsible for regulating the internet...

Films of 1982: what was hot when 20th Century Flicks opened its doors

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With aliens (friendly and not-so-friendly), cyborgs, love stories and serious dramas, 1982 produced some classic movies. As a Bristol video shop celebrates 40 years since first opening its doors to film fans, we look ...

Streaming: the best films set on aeroplanes

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In general, the hours we spend on budget airlines are not ones we’re particularly keen to relive, so a film that vividly recreates the unique ambience of a Ryanair flight is probably not, on paper, moving to the top o...

Give us credits: why do so many films now take 40 minutes to start?

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If movies didn’t need to be publicised in advance, audiences would be able to go into Fresh feeling entirely, well, fresh. They could spend the first half-hour savouring this wry take on the frustrations of modern dat...

Disney accused of removing gay content from Pixar films

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Disney has been accused of cutting LGBTQ+ content from the films of Pixar, the animation giant and Disney subsidiary, during the editing process. A letter from a group of employees of Pixar – the studio behind Toy Sto...

Streaming: the best Ukrainian films past and present

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Ukraine’s national cinema is a storied and distinctive one, though not one that has traditionally received the exposure it deserves. That’s been shifting of late, with Ukrainian film-makers such as Sergei Loznitsa and...

20 of the best films to help understand what’s happening in Ukraine

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One of the first non-state funded films of an independent Ukraine, this study of a Ukrainian soldier dealing with the traditional abuse handed out to new recruits in the Soviet army is based on the real-life experienc...

Streaming: Kanye West documentary Jeen-yuhs and other great hip-hop films

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I wasn’t expecting to well up while watching a documentary about Kanye West. The embattled rapper has made some of the most thrilling, expansive albums in the genre and beyond, but around the time he aligned himself w...

Audrey Hepburn’s 20 greatest films – ranked!

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This exotic MGM romance directed by Hepburn’s then husband, Mel Ferrer, was in fact her first big flop. Anthony Perkins plays a Venezuelan refugee whose life is saved by Rima the jungle girl: Hepburn in a suede pixie ...

How did Mission: Impossible 7 become one of the most expensive films ever?

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Intentionally or not, Tom Cruise has become the public face of pandemic film-making. His long-awaited Top Gun sequel has been booted down the release schedules even more than No Time to Die; its original release date ...

Kleptomaniac New Zealand parrot steals GoPro, films airborne escape

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A kleptomaniac parrot has become the latest contributor to New Zealand cinema, after stealing a GoPro camera and taking it on a sweeping tour of remote Fiordland. Aotearoa’s native alpine parrot species, the kea, is k...

Streaming: Mass and other great single location films

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“Stagey” is a term generally used as a slight against a film, evoking that stiff, musty sense of confinement so particular to a bad play. But it doesn’t have to be. Some films use the restrictions of theatre – a small...

Are films really getting longer? We ask the expert

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: 4hrs 2mins. The Irishman: 3hrs 29mins. The latest James Bond, the longest ever: 2hrs 43mins. Some of the most hyped films of the past few years have been as known for their length as thei...

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