Michael Leader

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse delivers a dazzling visual experience that celebrates the craft of animation

Miles Morales’s Spider Man returns into what’s now a crowded field of multiverse movies, but this innovative, style-switching animated feature brings new meaning to modern franchise storytelling.

By Michael Leader

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse delivers a dazzling visual experience that celebrates the craft of animation
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My Father’s Dragon: a storybook animation that strikes the balance between charming and chilling

By Michael Leader

My Father’s Dragon: a storybook animation that strikes the balance between charming and chilling
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Suspiria first look: Luca Guadagnino makes heavy weather of Argento’s horror

By Michael Leader

Suspiria first look: Luca Guadagnino makes heavy weather of Argento’s horror
Lists

50 key anime films

By Nick Bradshaw, Darren Ashmore and others

50 key anime films
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Critics’ talk: an introduction to anime (for BFI at Home)

By Michael Leader, Kambole Campbell and others

Critics’ talk: an introduction to anime (for BFI at Home)
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First Love first look: Miike Takashi pits yakuza against triads in a gonzo frenzy

By Michael Leader

First Love first look: Miike Takashi pits yakuza against triads in a gonzo frenzy
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Solo: A Star Wars Story review – how the young rebel fulfilled his franchise dues

By Michael Leader

Solo: A Star Wars Story review – how the young rebel fulfilled his franchise dues
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Frankie first look: Ira Sachs rambles through all the family variations under the sun

By Michael Leader

Frankie first look: Ira Sachs rambles through all the family variations under the sun
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The Dead Don’t Die first look: Jarmuschians assemble for the ultimate dead-end comedy

By Michael Leader

The Dead Don’t Die first look: Jarmuschians assemble for the ultimate dead-end comedy
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Under the Silver Lake first look: David Robert Mitchell casts a voyeur into pop’s hall of mirrors

By Michael Leader

Under the Silver Lake first look: David Robert Mitchell casts a voyeur into pop’s hall of mirrors
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Petra first look: Jaime Rosales’s playful family tragedy

By Michael Leader

Petra first look: Jaime Rosales’s playful family tragedy
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Asako I & II first look: a mournful drama out of quarter-life-crisis doubt

By Michael Leader

Asako I & II first look: a mournful drama out of quarter-life-crisis doubt
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs first look: a six-pack of western rambles by way of the Coen brothers

By Michael Leader

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs first look: a six-pack of western rambles by way of the Coen brothers
Lists

Kevin Costner: 10 essential films

By Philip Concannon, Michael Leader and others

Kevin Costner: 10 essential films
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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) review: bittersweet and brutal stories of family life

By Michael Leader

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) review: bittersweet and brutal stories of family life
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Good Time review: Robert Pattinson careens the Safdies’ mean streets

By Michael Leader

Good Time review: Robert Pattinson careens the Safdies’ mean streets
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The Happy Prince review: Rupert Everett’s dark Wilde

By Michael Leader

The Happy Prince review: Rupert Everett’s dark Wilde
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The Bookshop review: a muffled look at little England’s tactful tyrannies

By Michael Leader

The Bookshop review: a muffled look at little England’s tactful tyrannies
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Angels Wear White review: sexism in a small town

By Michael Leader

Angels Wear White review: sexism in a small town
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The Third Murder review: Koreeda’s morally complex noir

By Michael Leader

The Third Murder review: Koreeda’s morally complex noir
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The best of Berlinale 2018 – the awards and our critics’ picks

By Geoff Andrew, Patrick Gamble and others

The best of Berlinale 2018 – the awards and our critics’ picks
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Jupiter’s Moon review: a refugee takes super-flight

By Michael Leader

Jupiter’s Moon review: a refugee takes super-flight
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Prevenge review: Alice Lowe’s broody slasher satire

By Michael Leader

Prevenge review: Alice Lowe’s broody slasher satire
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