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Roma 3-4 Juve: a magical melodrama with more twists than a HBO series

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Every now and then, a football match comes along that defies explanation. “Was Roma-Juve a comeback or a collapse?” asked the front-page of Monday’s Corriere dello Sport, but those options seemed too narrow. This game...

Lily by Rose Tremain review – Foundling Hospital melodrama

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There’s nothing wrong with a bit of melodrama. It was good enough for Daphne du Maurier, who made of it something heady and elemental, and such contemporary virtuosos as Sarah Waters continue to draw on its disreputab...

The Outsiders review – Coppola’s Brat Pack melodrama carries you away

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Like a rock’n’roll power chord, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 teen gangs melodrama The Outsiders comes crashing back on screen, in a longer “complete novel” cut. It is a movie with the heartfelt old-fashioned urgency of...

The Mad Woman’s Ball review – Mélanie Laurent’s compelling melodrama

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Since her acting breakthrough as the defiant Shosanna in Quentin Tarantino’s Nazi thriller Inglourious Basterds, Mélanie Laurent has cultivated a flourishing parallel career in as a director. Now she pulls out all the...

The Last Job review – Richard Dreyfuss is a retiree on a rampage in muddled melodrama

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The best thing about this crime melodrama is the score, credited to composers Shane Endsley, Ben Wendel and Nate Wood (all part of a jazz group called Kneebody); it is a weird, lilting horn-led underlay to the action,...

Three Floors review: Nanni Moretti melodrama lacks profundity

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Nanni Moretti has come to Cannes with this watchable and tautly structured soap-operatic ensemble movie about four families living in the same apartment building, adapted from the popular bestseller Three Floors Up by...