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Cha Cha Real Smooth review – a wry romcom that’s shamelessly manipulative

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It could go either way with Cooper Raiff, the American writer, director and star of Sundance Audience award-winner Cha Cha Real Smooth. There’s an undeniable charm to this wry tale of a directionless college leaver (R...

Cha Cha Real Smooth review – Dakota Johnson has all the right moves

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This amiable, flawed indie has been winding some pundits up – and yes, maybe the auteur-star has a personality that might trigger a hives breakout among a proportion of his audience. This is 25-year-old Cooper Raiff, ...

‘Smooth brain, just vibes’: what is life like for those who refuse the news?

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It was during the second Sydney lockdown, in 2021, that Cass decided to unplug. “I was finding myself really anxious about the state of the world. And when I looked at the news, I was like, there’s actually nothing I ...

Pulling the plug on Russian oil and gas won’t be a smooth ride for consumers

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The only straightforward part of Shell’s announcement of its intention “to withdraw from its involvement in all Russian hydrocarbons” was the grovelling apology for buying a shipload of Russian oil in the rapid-delive...

Cha Cha Real Smooth review – run-of-the-mill Sundance crowd-pleaser

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Cooper Raiff has a serious problem with titles. The intimidatingly talented multi-hyphenate made his first film at the age of 22, a warm and revelatory college-set comedy that was unfortunately called Shithouse, a tit...

Smooth as: how to care for your delicate silks

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More so than other fabrics, the history of silk is shrouded in mystery and folklore, which feels apt for a fibre that is drawn from the cocoon of the silkworm. Its legend begins with the teenage wife of the Yellow Emp...

Is smooth Sunak’s honeymoon period coming to an end?

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Rishi Sunak has spent 18 months in a honeymoon period as one of the UK’s youngest ever chancellors, riding high in public opinion mostly owing to a generous furlough scheme. He is serious, smooth and sleek, a teetotal...

The smooth compromise: how Obama’s iconography obscured his omissions – podcast

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A look back at the official photographs of Obama’s presidency shows his skill at conjuring a sense of pride and possibility – but today his victories seem narrow indeed. By Blair McClendon ...

The smooth compromise: how Obama’s iconography obscured his omissions

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From the beginning, Obama’s team was invested in constructing a certain image of what would be deemed a “historic” presidency. During Obama’s campaign, the artist Shepard Fairey, who designed the famous “Hope” poster,...

Yaya Bey: The Things I Can’t Take With Me review – smooth, candid soul

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Yaya Bey’s music is rooted in something far gutsier than just smoky vocals. The Queens-born singer takes inspiration from black feminist theory, with her last album, The Many Alter-Egos of Trill’eta Brown, drawing on ...

Smooth newts to turn gardens into mating hotspots after dark

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Shine a torch into a garden pond in Britain after dark tonight and you will have a good chance of seeing a smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) performing its mating dance. Like frogs, smooth or common newts have found ...