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Boy from Heaven review – stirring spy thriller set on an Egyptian campus

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Tarik Saleh is the Swedish-Egyptian director who made The Nile Hilton Incident in 2017, a shrewd, dyspeptic movie about the official corruption in Egypt that triggered the Tahrir Square uprising. Now in an era when th...

Chaos Under Heaven: Trump as raging bull in a China policy shop

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Covid-19 has left more than 530,000 Americans dead and China’s standing with the US at a historic low. Only Iran and North Korea fare worse. US opinion is no outlier. China’s reputation has taken a beating in Australi...

Chocolate and peanuts, a marriage made in heaven

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Chocolate and peanuts has long been a marriage made in heaven for me. When I was pregnant with my first child they advised you not to eat peanuts – and back then I did everything I was told. But one day, craving a Sni...

Heaven Supermarket: the Beijing bar at centre of Covid outbreak

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Heaven Supermarket’s ability to attract young Chinese customers and foreigners has always been viewed with envy by its competitor bars in the Chinese capital. Located in one of the busiest nightlife districts in Beiji...

It Must Be Heaven review – Elia Suleiman’s comedy creeps up on you

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The Palestinian director Elia Suleiman, known for his deadpan observational comedies and the most expressively quizzical eyebrows in the business, returns after a decade’s absence. In common with his other films (Divi...

Pure heaven, but also hell: my trek to find the Disappearing Tarn

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Growing up in Hobart in the 1980s, I traipsed all over the stunning dolerite uplift of the mountain framing our harbour city – Mount Wellington, today dually named kunanyi. We regularly drove up the mountain road to p...

Some Kind of Heaven review – a deadpan eye on Florida’s retirees

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“You don’t come here to die, you come here to live!” cheers one of the residents of the Villages, in Florida. The postcard-perfect community of some 120,000 old folks has been called Disneyland for retirees, and is th...

Some Kind of Heaven review – trouble in retirement paradise

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“After my wife passed, I started nightclubbing.” The speaker is a resident of The Villages in Florida, the US’s largest retirement community, home to 130,000 wealthy boomers. The town has more than 50 golf courses and...

The Lady of Heaven review – ambitious religious epic about Muhammad’s daughter

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This British-made epic earns a significant accolade: it is the first film to put the “face” of the prophet Muhammad on screen. No single actor is credited with playing him, or any of the other holy figures in his ento...