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Belfast is Kenneth Branagh’s flawed but moving portrait of the Troubles

Branagh takes a monochrome-tinted view of the rising tensions in Belfast, 1969, as seen through the eyes of a young boy (Jude Hill) and set to the sounds of Van Morrison.

By Trevor Johnston

Belfast is Kenneth Branagh’s flawed but moving portrait of the Troubles
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The Matrix: Resurrections is a welcome antidote to generic blockbusters

By Adam Nayman

The Matrix: Resurrections is a welcome antidote to generic blockbusters
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Licorice Pizza: a meandering trip beneath the California sun

By Ben Nicholson

Licorice Pizza: a meandering trip beneath the California sun
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Friends and Strangers uses a fragmented narrative to explore the dark side of Australia’s history

By Carmen Gray

Friends and Strangers uses a fragmented narrative to explore the dark side of Australia’s history
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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain puts cats centre stage in a film that’s filled with eccentric charm

By Philip Kemp

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain puts cats centre stage in a film that’s filled with eccentric charm
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The Tragedy of Macbeth forgoes medieval dankness for a stark and claustrophobic adaptation

By Nicolas Rapold

The Tragedy of Macbeth forgoes medieval dankness for a stark and claustrophobic adaptation
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Don’t Look Up is a crass, scattergun comedy that somehow works

By Anton Bitel

Don’t Look Up is a crass, scattergun comedy that somehow works
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Being the Ricardos is a clunky but engaging look behind-the-scenes of 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy

By Philip Kemp

Being the Ricardos is a clunky but engaging look behind-the-scenes of 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy
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The Story of Film: A New Generation takes viewers on an enriching journey through a decade of cinema

By Philip Kemp

The Story of Film: A New Generation takes viewers on an enriching journey through a decade of cinema
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Spider-Man: No Way Home offers a satisfying trip through the multiverse

By Kim Newman

Spider-Man: No Way Home offers a satisfying trip through the multiverse
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The Lost Daughter explores the dark side of motherhood with a risky drama that feels closer to a thriller

By Pamela Hutchinson

The Lost Daughter explores the dark side of motherhood with a risky drama that feels closer to a thriller
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West Side Story is a musical reboot that’s tinged with melancholy

By Guy Lodge

West Side Story is a musical reboot that’s tinged with melancholy
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Hope addresses the realities of cancer with great sensitivity

By Nikki Baughan

Hope addresses the realities of cancer with great sensitivity
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Lamb delivers a slice of Icelandic-weird that tips into unabashed folk-horror

By Anne Billson

Lamb delivers a slice of Icelandic-weird that tips into unabashed folk-horror
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The Hand of God leaves viewers to sort autobiography from fabrication

By Anton Bitel

The Hand of God leaves viewers to sort autobiography from fabrication
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The Beatles: Get Back is a tender portrait of a band on the brink of change

By Jonathan Romney

The Beatles: Get Back is a tender portrait of a band on the brink of change
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Encounter takes unexpected turns on an apocalyptic sci-fi road trip

By Carmen Gray

Encounter takes unexpected turns on an apocalyptic sci-fi road trip
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Hellbound challenges ideas about faith and free will in six harrowing episodes

By Trevor Johnston

Hellbound challenges ideas about faith and free will in six harrowing episodes
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House of Gucci is a tragi-comic triumph of operatic proportions

By Rebecca Harrison

House of Gucci is a tragi-comic triumph of operatic proportions
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Anne at 13,000 ft follows a troubled protagonist in free fall

By Elena Lazic

Anne at 13,000 ft follows a troubled protagonist in free fall
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Pirates is a debut feature from Reggie Yates that revels in 90s nostalgia

By Alex Ramon

Pirates is a debut feature from Reggie Yates that revels in 90s nostalgia
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Natural Light is a film begrimed with the collective guilt of moral cowardice

By Pamela Hutchinson

Natural Light is a film begrimed with the collective guilt of moral cowardice
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tick, tick… BOOM! proves a moving tribute to composer Jonathan Larson

By Leila Latif

tick, tick… BOOM! proves a moving tribute to composer Jonathan Larson
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The Power of the Dog draws out the instability of the American West’s handed-down myths

By Nicolas Rapold

The Power of the Dog draws out the instability of the American West’s handed-down myths
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Cry Macho shows an ambivalence towards traditional masculinity

By Jonathan Rosenbaum

Cry Macho shows an ambivalence towards traditional masculinity
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No Sudden Move is a sharp, gritty crime thriller from Steven Soderbergh

By Leigh Singer

No Sudden Move is a sharp, gritty crime thriller from Steven Soderbergh
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The Last Duel is a historical epic that’s committed to nuanced storytelling

By John Bleasdale

The Last Duel is a historical epic that’s committed to nuanced storytelling
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Eternals is the strangest Marvel film to date

By Guy Lodge

Eternals is the strangest Marvel film to date
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The Card Counter is a triumph for Oscar Isaac

By Jonathan Romney

The Card Counter is a triumph for Oscar Isaac
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