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Rose Plays Julie is a mythic thriller about women and violence

Desperate Optimists’ potent new film poses ethical dilemmas and undercuts Eurowestern narrative traditions with every twist of the plot and shift in tone.

By So Mayer

Rose Plays Julie is a mythic thriller about women and violence
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Gunpowder Milkshake is a frothy glass of female-led action fun

By Nikki Baughan

Gunpowder Milkshake is a frothy glass of female-led action fun
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Prisoners of the Ghostland sends Nic Cage on an uninspired action movie mission

By Tony Rayns

Prisoners of the Ghostland sends Nic Cage on an uninspired action movie mission
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Martyrs Lane invites an angelic, ghostly child into a family home

By Josh Slater-Williams

Martyrs Lane invites an angelic, ghostly child into a family home
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The White Lotus satirisises the empty lives of a Hawaiian resort’s wealthy clientele

By Kate Stables

The White Lotus satirisises the empty lives of a Hawaiian resort’s wealthy clientele
Festivals

Spencer is a portrait of a royal on the verge of a nervous breakdown

By John Bleasdale

Spencer is a portrait of a royal on the verge of a nervous breakdown
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Uprising looks back to the trauma and fury stoked by the 1981 New Cross Fire

By Alex Ramon

Uprising looks back to the trauma and fury stoked by the 1981 New Cross Fire
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Shorta follows Danish police playing good cop, bad cop

By Adam Nayman

Shorta follows Danish police playing good cop, bad cop
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Paris Calligrammes takes an autobiographical trip back to 1960s Paris

By Hannah McGill

Paris Calligrammes takes an autobiographical trip back to 1960s Paris
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Demonic exorcises psychodramatic fears through virtual reality

By Anton Bitel

Demonic exorcises psychodramatic fears through virtual reality
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Candyman reawakens old horrors in gentrified Cabrini-Green

By Kaleem Aftab

Candyman reawakens old horrors in gentrified Cabrini-Green
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Souad tears apart two Egyptian sisters

By Ela Bittencourt

Souad tears apart two Egyptian sisters
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Sabaya documents the dangerous rescue of enslaved Yazidi women

By Becca Voelcker

Sabaya documents the dangerous rescue of enslaved Yazidi women
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Pig follows Nicolas Cage sniffing out his porcine companion’s whereabouts

By Jonathan Romney

Pig follows Nicolas Cage sniffing out his porcine companion’s whereabouts
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1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything is more than just a nostalgia-fest

By Leigh Singer

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything is more than just a nostalgia-fest
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Sophie: A Murder in West Cork presents the facts of an ongoing Irish investigation

By Michael Brooke

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork presents the facts of an ongoing Irish investigation
Festivals

Dead Flash proves Bertrand Mandico is best tolerated in smaller doses

By Jessica Kiang

Dead Flash proves Bertrand Mandico is best tolerated in smaller doses
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The Legionnaire examines racial tensions amongst Roman riot police

By John Bleasdale

The Legionnaire examines racial tensions amongst Roman riot police
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She Will unearths feminine trauma buried by time

By Caitlin Quinlan

She Will unearths feminine trauma buried by time
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Wildland pulls at the family ties of a Danish crime dynasty

By Katherine McLaughlin

Wildland pulls at the family ties of a Danish crime dynasty
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Wendy takes flight with a new take on the Peter Pan story

By Farran Smith Nehme

Wendy takes flight with a new take on the Peter Pan story
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I’m Your Man test drives the perfect robot partner

By Leila Latif

I’m Your Man test drives the perfect robot partner
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New Order clashes the corrupt against the exploited in a Mexican dystopia

By Maria Delgado

New Order clashes the corrupt against the exploited in a Mexican dystopia
Festivals

Mad God writhes through an underworld drenched in bodily fluids

By John Bleasdale

Mad God writhes through an underworld drenched in bodily fluids
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CODA sings a feel-good, crowdpleasing, familiar tune

By Jessica Kiang

CODA sings a feel-good, crowdpleasing, familiar tune
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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish fails to make a splash with a rote teen romance

By Andrew Osmond

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish fails to make a splash with a rote teen romance
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Zola turns a legendary Twitter thread into unforgettable cinema

By Anna Smith

Zola turns a legendary Twitter thread into unforgettable cinema
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Boys from County Hell reawakens a bloodthirsty beast under an Irish bypass

By Kim Newman

Boys from County Hell reawakens a bloodthirsty beast under an Irish bypass
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The Suicide Squad regroups its gang of DC supervillains for a US cover-up mission

By Kim Newman

The Suicide Squad regroups its gang of DC supervillains for a US cover-up mission
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