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‘A gaping wound’: how a film about birds of prey is a warning to India’s capital city

Meditative documentary All That Breathes is about two brothers’ devotion to protecting black kites against a backdrop of pollution and violence in Delhi The award-winning documentary All That Breathes is a meditation on life in Delhi through the eyes and hands of two brothers that nurse injured birds back to health. After winning the world […]

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Shattered review – John Malkovich has bizarre cameo in oddball erotic thriller

Luis Prieto’s psychodrama features a promising turn from Lilly Krug but it goes limp in end despite a decent vicious streak You’ve not known humiliation until you’ve had John Malkovich pant “Walk of shame!” at you as you skulk back to your motel room. That is one bizarre moment in this halting and derivative thriller, […]

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In Short, Europe: Loving Encounters review – a festival of the springy and succinct

Small and mostly sweet, this film selection buoys us up in the wake of the pandemic with an upbeat view of relationships Just as many of us grasped for connections during lockdown, the pandemic has inspired Eunic London, an umbrella organisation for EU cultural institutions, to dwell on the meaning of relationships for this year’s […]

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I, Challenger review – endearing stoner hero gets buried alive

James Duval is the likable dummy who thinks self-interment will bring him some of the luck he’s down on James Duval, the man who played Frank the Rabbit in Donnie Darko, is the star of this intriguing stoner comedy-drama, whose wacky/terrifying premise almost lives up to the legendary interdimensional bunny. He plays Sid, an inveterate […]

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Michelle Yeoh, martial arts and the multiverse: inside the year’s wildest movie

Genre-bending hit Everything Everywhere All at Once is being called 2022’s first genuine masterpiece, a hugely inventive fantasy inspired by The Matrix There’s a line Michelle Yeoh delivers in Everything Everywhere All at Once that surely resonates with everyone in this day and age: “Very busy today – no time to help you.” The internet […]

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Oscars 2022: a historic night for women – overshadowed by male violence

If Jane Campion becomes the third woman ever to win best director but Will Smith slaps Chris Rock, did it really happen? Oscars wrap: Coda triumphs while Will Smith attacks Chris Rock onstage All the winners and nominees from the 94th Academy Awards It was a historic night for women in film. Jane Campion, the […]

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Why Licorice Pizza should win the best picture Oscar

Kicking off our annual series ahead of the Academy Awards, the Guardian’s chief film critic cheerleads for Paul Thomas Anderson’s delirious, delectable retro comedy It’s agonisingly close, but this year Paul Thomas Anderson gets the gold, with co-producers Sara Murphy and Adam Somner, for his delirious, delectable comedy Licorice Pizza. (Wait! Is it a comedy?) […]

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The Metamorphosis of Birds review – a lyrical love letter to family

Portuguese visual artist Catarina Vasconcelos’s debut is a gorgeously shot fictionalised documentary about longing and loss Films about dysfunctional families often call to mind Tolstoy’s line from the opening of Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” It struck me that the opposite might be true […]

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‘All that Hollywood glamour doesn’t feel like me at all’: Joanna Scanlan on self-doubt, sexism and being the red-hot favourite at the Baftas

After years of great roles in comedies such as The Thick of It and Moving On, the actor is now being feted for her devastating dramatic performance in After Love. She talks about ‘serious’ acting, a breakdown in her 20s and learning to fight for herself When Joanna Scanlan arrives, she is hidden beneath a […]

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HipBeat review – a male identity crisis in Berlin is pure cringe

The intoxicating, party-hard capital of Germany goes straight to the head of Samuel Kay Forrest’s feature debut – and not in a good way From Wings of Desire to Run Lola Run, from Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome to one-take wonder Victoria, quite a few film-makers have been seduced by the liberating possibilities of the German […]

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