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Spaceman: Adam Sandler and an alien spider embark on a mission to Jupiter in this dull sci-fi

A Czech cosmonaut travels half a billion kilometres away from his troubled marriage and gets emotional support from a space spider in a film that feels profoundly incurious about the metaphysical possibilities of interplanetary exploration.

By Jessica Kiang

Spaceman: Adam Sandler and an alien spider embark on a mission to Jupiter in this dull sci-fi
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Small Things like These: this grimy, moving portrait of 1980s Ireland knows the power of restraint

By Jessica Kiang

Small Things like These: this grimy, moving portrait of 1980s Ireland knows the power of restraint
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Maestro: a superbly acted biopic that’s disappointingly vague on Leonard Bernstein’s music

By Jessica Kiang

Maestro: a superbly acted biopic that’s disappointingly vague on Leonard Bernstein’s music
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Priscilla: Sofia Coppola’s ethereal, interior portrait of Priscilla Presley’s troubled years with Elvis

By Jessica Kiang

Priscilla: Sofia Coppola’s ethereal, interior portrait of Priscilla Presley’s troubled years with Elvis
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Poor Things: a film that gives pleasure in every fantastical frame

By Jessica Kiang

Poor Things: a film that gives pleasure in every fantastical frame
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In Camera: an ambitious showbiz satire

By Jessica Kiang

In Camera: an ambitious showbiz satire
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Small, Slow But Steady: this introspective boxing drama avoids the usual clichés of the genre

By Jessica Kiang

Small, Slow But Steady: this introspective boxing drama avoids the usual clichés of the genre
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La Chimera: a joyous, masterful work of folk magic

By Jessica Kiang

La Chimera: a joyous, masterful work of folk magic
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Anatomy of a Fall: a sharply intelligent psychological drama from Justine Triet

By Jessica Kiang

Anatomy of a Fall: a sharply intelligent psychological drama from Justine Triet
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Killers of the Flower Moon: Martin Scorsese’s latest is an increasingly enthralling true-crime epic

By Jessica Kiang

Killers of the Flower Moon: Martin Scorsese’s latest is an increasingly enthralling true-crime epic
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Suzume: this beautifully bonkers anime threatens to frazzle the synapses

By Jessica Kiang

Suzume: this beautifully bonkers anime threatens to frazzle the synapses
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Manodrome: this unedifying portrait of toxic masculinity rings hollow

By Jessica Kiang

Manodrome: this unedifying portrait of toxic masculinity rings hollow
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Tótem: a dazzling, vibrant child’s-eye view of jubilation and tragedy

By Jessica Kiang

Tótem: a dazzling, vibrant child’s-eye view of jubilation and tragedy
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BlackBerry: this biting tech-world satire reminds us that we all might be dinosaurs in waiting

By Jessica Kiang

BlackBerry: this biting tech-world satire reminds us that we all might be dinosaurs in waiting
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La Syndicaliste: an oddly flavourless, distractingly shot procedural

By Jessica Kiang

La Syndicaliste: an oddly flavourless, distractingly shot procedural
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The Whale: a miraculous Brendan Fraser narrowly saves this dolorous dirge

By Jessica Kiang

The Whale: a miraculous Brendan Fraser narrowly saves this dolorous dirge
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The Damned Don’t Cry: a potent Moroccan mother-and-son drama

By Jessica Kiang

The Damned Don’t Cry: a potent Moroccan mother-and-son drama
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The Listener: a stolid single-location drama

By Jessica Kiang

The Listener: a stolid single-location drama
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Argentina 1985: a robust case for the virtues of the traditional courtroom drama

By Jessica Kiang

Argentina 1985: a robust case for the virtues of the traditional courtroom drama
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Master Gardener: an uncharacteristically hopeful offering from Paul Schrader

By Jessica Kiang

Master Gardener: an uncharacteristically hopeful offering from Paul Schrader
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Padre Pio: no sin deserves the penance of this unholy mess

By Jessica Kiang

Padre Pio: no sin deserves the penance of this unholy mess
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TÁR: a sly, scabrous symphony

By Jessica Kiang

TÁR: a sly, scabrous symphony
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Tommy Guns: a stunning second feature from Carlos Conceição

By Jessica Kiang

Tommy Guns: a stunning second feature from Carlos Conceição
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Medusa Deluxe: lather overdone

By Jessica Kiang

Medusa Deluxe: lather overdone
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Stone Turtle: a Malaysian Groundhog Day folk tale

By Jessica Kiang

Stone Turtle: a Malaysian Groundhog Day folk tale
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Pleasure: porn-world pic whose protagonist is less compelling than her milieu

By Jessica Kiang

Pleasure: porn-world pic whose protagonist is less compelling than her milieu
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The Worst Person in the World captures one woman’s late-twenties in a swirl of sunsets, cigarettes and sunrises

By Jessica Kiang

The Worst Person in the World captures one woman’s late-twenties in a swirl of sunsets, cigarettes and sunrises
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The Novelist’s Film: Hong Sangsoo celebrates the casual, sensual and spontaneous pleasures of life

By Jessica Kiang

The Novelist’s Film: Hong Sangsoo celebrates the casual, sensual and spontaneous pleasures of life
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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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