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A Boy Called Christmas review – charming quest gets its Claus in all the family

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You’d need to have the humbuggiest of hearts not to be charmed, even just a little bit, by this family Christmas movie – lavishly adapted, no expense spared, from a kids’ novel by Matt Haig. It begins in modern-day Lo...

The Green Knight review – Dev Patel rides high on sublimely beautiful quest

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Christ’s sacrifice and the erotic death-wish of earthly glory: these are the components of this freaky folk horror from writer-director David Lowery, a mysterious and sensationally beautiful film inspired by the 14th-...

Rose Plays Julie review – identity quest goes to truly dark places

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“Who are you?” That’s a question that rings throughout the work of Dublin-born film-making duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. Through a series of mesmerising features, shorts and video projects, the pair have explor...

The quest to find African American graves before they’re lost to climate crisis

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On a cloudy weekend day in May, Jennifer Blanks took a trip to Canaan cemetery in Bryan, Texas. The six-acre site is the final resting place for a community of primarily Black farmers and veterans, with generations st...

Arthur/Merlin review – family-friendly quest loses its way

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On this drizzly evening, the rose garden of St Paul’s church twinkles with fairylights. Bunting laces the trees, and the grass is trodden with glitter. Iris theatre company’s summer festival is the perfect set-up for ...

The Green Knight review: Dev Patel takes a magical and masterly quest

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Equal parts folk, prog rock and metal, The Green Knight takes place at the inflection point when one version of the old world was supplanted by the next. In David Lowery’s liberty-taking interpretation of the characte...

Do I? My quest to get to the bottom of our obsession with marriage

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I’m in the pub on a Thursday and I’m complaining, again, about Yet Another Person Getting Married. My friend and I do the familiar dance, rattling through our arsenal of stock opinions about why marriage is trash. Int...

‘In my head I don’t have rivals’: Noah Lyles’ quest to take Usain Bolt’s crown

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Noah Lyles has already run the Olympic 100 metres final in Tokyo. A hundred times. In his head. “Crowd full of fans. Night time. Lights all shining down on the track. I picture myself looking at those blocks I’m very...

Why Labour’s quest for a simple answer to its loss of voters will fail

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With electoral events paused for 12 months, Britain’s pundit class had little to chew over to understand how voter behaviour had been changed by the pandemic, the post-Brexit period and the new leadership of the Labou...

How early humans’ quest for food stoked the flames of evolution

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Human evolution and exploration of the world were shaped by a hunger for tasty food – “a quest for deliciousness” – according to two leading academics. Ancient humans who had the ability to smell and desire more compl...