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Ham on Rye: a haunting, dreamlike portrait of American adolescence

Tyler Taormina’s beguiling debut centres on a ritualistic prom-like ceremony whose effects reverberate through the protagonists’ lives.

By Ryan Gilbey

Ham on Rye: a haunting, dreamlike portrait of American adolescence
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Archive creates a not-so-artificial AI

By Anton Bitel

Archive creates a not-so-artificial AI
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MLK/FBI narrows America’s race struggles to fit its spotlight

By Chrystel Oloukoi

MLK/FBI narrows America’s race struggles to fit its spotlight
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Death to 2020 puts our torments in the rear-view mirror

By Leigh Singer

Death to 2020 puts our torments in the rear-view mirror
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Enormous makes ill-conceived comedy from nonconsensual pregnancy

By Ginette Vincendeau

Enormous makes ill-conceived comedy from nonconsensual pregnancy
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Wonder Woman 1984 shrinks history, stretches patience

By Adam Nayman

Wonder Woman 1984 shrinks history, stretches patience
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Dear Comrades! uncovers a Khrushchev-era Soviet state massacre

By Michael Brooke

Dear Comrades! uncovers a Khrushchev-era Soviet state massacre
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Blithe Spirit unbuttons Noël Coward’s marital farce

By Philip Kemp

Blithe Spirit unbuttons Noël Coward’s marital farce
From the Sight and Sound archive

The Basilisks perfectly evokes the languor of the Italian South

By Elizabeth Sussex

The Basilisks perfectly evokes the languor of the Italian South
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The Serpent is a heady 1970s-set portrait of a globetrotting playboy killer

By Trevor Johnston

The Serpent is a heady 1970s-set portrait of a globetrotting playboy killer
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Mayor carefully undercuts received notions about contemporary Palestine

By Trevor Johnston

Mayor carefully undercuts received notions about contemporary Palestine
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Black Narcissus successfully rethinks a classic novel and film

By Hannah McGill

Black Narcissus successfully rethinks a classic novel and film
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Soul’s afterlife body-swap comedy shows Pixar still has it

By Lou Thomas

Soul’s afterlife body-swap comedy shows Pixar still has it
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One Night in Miami… imagines four legendary Black lives intersecting in 1964

By Alex Ramon

One Night in Miami… imagines four legendary Black lives intersecting in 1964
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The Mandalorian Season 2 seeks hope in a bruised and battered galaxy

By Rebecca Harrison

The Mandalorian Season 2 seeks hope in a bruised and battered galaxy
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Let Him Go showcases a battle royale of two matriarch titans

By Philip Kemp

Let Him Go showcases a battle royale of two matriarch titans
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The Midnight Sky is a disappointing addition to the survivor sci-fi canon

By Kate Stables

The Midnight Sky is a disappointing addition to the survivor sci-fi canon
The best of 2020

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is an intoxicating immersion in a bar’s last stand

By Sophie Brown

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is an intoxicating immersion in a bar’s last stand
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Farewell Amor follows an immigrant family’s wanderings in their new land

By Pamela Hutchinson

Farewell Amor follows an immigrant family’s wanderings in their new land
The best of 2020

The Woman Who Ran turns circles telling stories

By Ela Bittencourt

The Woman Who Ran turns circles telling stories
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Education shows how Britain taught Black boys to fail

By Nikki Baughan

Education shows how Britain taught Black boys to fail
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Cocoon unfurls a butterfly in Kreuzberg

By Nadine Deller

Cocoon unfurls a butterfly in Kreuzberg
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Il Mio Corpo sculpts a portrait of two outsiders in Sicily

By Jonathan Romney

Il Mio Corpo sculpts a portrait of two outsiders in Sicily
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Funny Boy watches Sri Lanka’s battle lines from the social uplands

By Naman Ramachandran

Funny Boy watches Sri Lanka’s battle lines from the social uplands
The best of 2020

David Byrne’s American Utopia doesn’t burn down the house

By Nick Pinkerton

David Byrne’s American Utopia doesn’t burn down the house
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The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone can’t rejig its way to distinction

By Michael Atkinson

The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone can’t rejig its way to distinction
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County Lines is fresh British drama that crosses new cinematic borders

By Trevor Johnston

County Lines is fresh British drama that crosses new cinematic borders
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Falling contemplates the pains of growing old gracelessly

By Leigh Singer

Falling contemplates the pains of growing old gracelessly
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Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan celebrates the legend of the profane drinker

By Jessica Kiang

Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan celebrates the legend of the profane drinker
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