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The Lion King review – deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week | Film

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “The Lion King review – deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week | Film” After 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a long afterlife …

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Gwen review – brooding but unsatisfying rural period mystery | Period and historical films

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “Gwen review – brooding but unsatisfying rural period mystery | Period and historical films” In 1855, deep in one of Snowdonia’s valleys, teenage farmhand Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox, in a star-making performance) supports her mother, Elen (Maxine Peake, considerably less controlled), herding sheep, cooking (or, rather, burning) dinner and …

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Opus Zero review – Willem Dafoe’s no Columbo in auteurist mystery | Drama films

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “Opus Zero review – Willem Dafoe’s no Columbo in auteurist mystery | Drama films” There is a halo effect created by Willem Dafoe’s weathered features: those cliff-edge cheekbones perched above carved-out hollows instantly confer fierceness and depth of soul to whatever role he is playing. Dafoe’s face certainly …

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Angel of Mine review – Noomi Rapace radiates with dangerous longing | Film

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “Angel of Mine review – Noomi Rapace radiates with dangerous longing | Film” Maternal longing is a key theme in director Kim Farrant’s psychological thriller Angel of Mine, which takes what could have been a simple stalker movie premise and fills it out with an intense array of …

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold review – charming children’s adventure | Family films

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “Dora and the Lost City of Gold review – charming children’s adventure | Family films” Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, an educational animated series for children that ran from 2000 to 2006, shouldn’t work as a live-action Hollywood remake. Weirdly, this sprightly, self-aware action-adventure movie does. Director James Bobin …

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A Faithful Man review – drearily frothy French romcom | World cinema

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “A Faithful Man review – drearily frothy French romcom | World cinema” French actor Louis Garrel pays homage here to Woody Allen’s ego by co-writing, directing and starring in a film in which two drop-dead-gorgeous women go to war over him. (Naturally, one is much younger than Garrel.) …

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark review – can’t decide who to frighten | Film

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark review – can’t decide who to frighten | Film” Producer and co-writer Guillermo del Toro brings Alvin Schwartz’s much-loved children’s book series to the big screen, but this uneven film can’t decide who it’s trying to scare. Schwartz’s anthology of self-contained …

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Pain and Glory – bittersweet perfection from Pedro Almodóvar | Film

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “Pain and Glory – bittersweet perfection from Pedro Almodóvar | Film” In Pedro Almodóvar’s previous film Julieta, a middle-aged woman returns to her old apartment block in Madrid to write about – and thereby confront – the ghosts of her life. There’s a similar sense of revisiting in …

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Mrs Lowry and Son review – Redgrave and Spall paint a delicate portrait | Film

Join SoundtrackStream to find out the article “Mrs Lowry and Son review – Redgrave and Spall paint a delicate portrait | Film” Vanessa Redgrave gives a shrewd and amusingly bleak performance here as Elizabeth Lowry, the cantankerous and bedridden mother of the artist LS Lowry – played by Timothy Spall. It’s a small-scale theatrical chamber …

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