Simran Hans, The Guardian

Simran Hans

The Guardian

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Past articles by Simran:

Is eco-terrorism now self-defence? Inside explosive film How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Peaceful protest hasn’t stopped the climate crisis, so what should happen next? The makers of a new nerve-jangling film about eight young saboteurs talk about oil, extreme action and morality → Read More

Why I hate end-of-year lists

We think of them as a glimpse into a person’s taste, but they’re more revealing of how that person wants to be seen. → Read More

If you watch only one film … the greatest movies by the greatest directors

Some directors come with such huge back catalogues that it can be hard to know where to start. Enter our film critics, who suggest the best routes in to the works of some of our most prolific film-makers → Read More

X review – Bump’n’grindhouse from horror director Ti West

The film-maker’s latest, about a porn shoot gone wrong, is a playful gore-fest → Read More

Rebellion review – XR documentary makes clear case for direct action

This thoughtful look behind the scenes of the environmental movement doesn’t shy away from internal strife → Read More

Master review – sinister tale of academic prejudice

Director Mariama Diallo uses the visual language of horror to express the terror of racism in this smart debut thriller → Read More

The Phantom of the Open review – in praise of the world’s worst sportsman

Mark Rylance plays a would-be golfer who gatecrashes the Open in this upbeat comedy-drama based on a true story → Read More

Hive review – inspiring Kosovan feminist drama

Yllka Gashi excels as a woman confronting misogyny as she strives to establish a village food business → Read More

Lucy and Desi review – Amy Poehler still loves Lucille Ball in feelgood documentary

With special access to family archives, the Parks and Recreation star explores the life of the 50s comedy trailblazer and her husband, Desi Arnaz → Read More

Against the Ice review – plodding Arctic survival story

An explorer’s bid to prove that Greenland belongs to the Danes proves a tough haul in this glacial adventure set in 1909 → Read More

Rebel Dread review – an engaging portrait of Don Letts

An enjoyable study of the musician, DJ and film-maker could do with fewer talking heads and more joyful tales from Letts himself → Read More

The Batman review – Robert Pattinson’s brooding caped crusader has a lot on his mind

Pattinson is appealingly conflicted, and Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman adds bite, but Matt Reeves’s noirish reboot underwhelms → Read More

A Bread Factory: Parts One and Two review – Patrick Wang’s cheeky small-town arts comedy

Tyne Daly stars in this fun, surreal double feature about the fight for the soul of a community arts space → Read More

Here Before review – promising Irish almost-horror with Andrea Riseborough

Riseborough plays a grieving mother obsessed with a neighbour’s daughter in Stacey Gregg’s eerie debut → Read More

Dog review – PTSD road trip with Channing Tatum and new best friend

Co-director Tatum charms as an ex-army ranger on a journey with his late buddy’s pet → Read More

Jackass Forever review – pranksters’ return is strangely poignant

Johnny Knoxville and co reunite after a long hiatus for a remarkably funny collection of painful stunts → Read More

My award goes to... our film critics reveal their personal Oscars shortlists

Ahead of the official Academy nominations, Observer film critics pick their own favourites → Read More

Lingui: The Sacred Bonds review – powerful abortion drama from Chad

A single mother’s life has to navigate religious and legal strictures when her teenage daughter becomes pregnant → Read More

Moonfall review – lost in space with master of disaster Roland Emmerich

The moon is knocked out of orbit, along with Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson, in this eye-poppingly silly sci-fi from the German director → Read More

Belle review – gorgeous, big-hearted anime

What would happen if digital avatars were truer reflections of the self, asks writer-director Mamoru Hosoda, in this all-out beautiful film → Read More