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The Guide #7: the Marvel trap – how superhero movies cage the stars

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In April, with her film Nomadland, Chloé Zhao claimed a much-coveted double victory: Best Picture and Best Director gongs at the Academy Awards. It’s a dual accolade that puts the film-maker in some pretty lofty compa...

Maya Hawke: ‘My parents didn’t want to have me do bit-parts in their movies’

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New York-born Maya Hawke, 23, began her career in modelling before making her screen debut as Jo March in the BBC’s 2017 adaptation of Little Women. She was Linda “Flowerchild” Kasabian in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upo...

The French Connection at 50: one of the greatest New York movies ever

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The advantage of shooting on location is that fiction films can have the texture of a documentary, preserving forever a specific time and place before it inevitably evolves or devolves or take a form that will render ...

Seinfeld has said sorry for Bee Movie’s sexual content. The hivemind sees why

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Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t need to be reflective. At this point, his sitcom – dead for almost 25 years – is still making money faster than any human being could spend it. When it finished its run in 1998, he was earning a...

Is borrowing superheroes from failed movies really a good idea, Marvel?

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One can only imagine the high level of miff that must be floating around the X-Mansion given the news that Marvel Studios is to welcome Deadpool, umpteen Spider-Men and most of the Sinister Six into its burgeoning cin...

‘Why do they have to be brilliant?’ The problem of autism in the movies

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A quick experiment. Close your eyes, and think of autism in the movies. I bet you’ve got an image in your head of Dustin Hoffman being driven by Tom Cruise in a Buick Roadmaster Convertible, repeatedly saying: “I’m an...

The 30 best mobster movies – ranked!

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Our criteria here is films featuring actual mobsters and the organised crime milieu – as opposed to hitmen, heists or bank robbers. Stefano Sollima’s punchy neo-noir, set in 2011, fits the bill with its imbroglio of c...

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain movies head to Toronto film festival

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New films from Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are among the world premieres set for this year’s Toronto film festival starting this week. After last year’s iteration retreated mostly online, bar some limited phy...

It’s time to stop making movies about Ted Bundy

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Ted Bundy, the serial killer convicted of murdering more than 30 women in the 1970s who probably killed upwards of 100 whose names receive little attention, once mused, in interviews on death row, that he hoped his st...

Son review – creepy slice of southern gothic that is the mother of all horror movies

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This moody horror begins at a frenzied pitch: a panicked drive down a foggy highway at night, a pregnant woman about to give birth at the wheel. Like her, the story is looking for a new place to go; but it never reall...

The Euro 2020 Fiver: thrills for fans of sport and splatter movies alike

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The Fiver’s so excited it’s got joy stains [Tin spills, obviously – Fiver Ed]. Tis the day of the big Euro semi-final, see, the one between two countries who have a long and proud history of collecting silverware and ...

Renny Harlin: ‘There are some movies I’ve made where it didn’t come out very well’

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When Renny Harlin launched a new production company in Beijing in 2018, he believed he had found his new permanent home. After nearly three decades of working at various levels in mainstream American film-making – hop...

How movies finally reckoned with reproductive rights in America

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The Hulu comedy Plan B, released last week, portrays a hectic weekend in the life of two South Dakota teenage girls, with the zaniness of Booksmart and Superbad-esque raunch updated for 2021. But whereas the Booksmart...

Streaming: the best springtime movies

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Spring is emphatically here, albeit in somewhat damp form of late; coinciding with the vaccine drive and an incremental lifting of lockdown restrictions has rarely felt like quite such a restorative time of year. Bein...

I love superhero movies. But can I sit through a four-hour-long director’s cut?

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I have long been a fan of superhero films, which has made the last few years incredibly exciting. For a long time, people like me had to deal with origin stories over and over again, before Marvel decided to explore d...

Christopher Abbott on life after Girls: ‘There’s something romantic about making movies’

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“Gabe?” asks Christopher Abbott, and for a moment across the screen he looks befuddled. Then the penny drops: “Gabe, the name of the character?” He laughs. “I was like: ‘Who’s Gabe!’ I should know! It’s been a while …...

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