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True History of the Kelly Gang review: A sparse, violent and hallucinatory take on an Australian legend

Dir: Justin Kurzel. Starring: George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Orlando Schwerdt, Thomasin McKenzie, Charlie Hunnam, Russell Crowe. 18 cert, 125 mins. → Read More

Downhill review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus rescues timid Force Majeure remake

The film is funny, but aggressively simplified, like swapping out a Roquefort for a pack of Dairylea Dunkers. → Read More

Pretty boys gone bad: How Robert Pattinson and Daniel Radcliffe found cinematic salvation in the weird and wonderful

Somewhere behind that lion’s mane of hair, wiry beard, and thick South African accent lies Daniel Radcliffe. In Escape from Pretoria, he’s thrown himself so deep into the role of an anti-apartheid activist planning a daring prison escape that he’s practically unrecognisable. → Read More

Onward review: Pixar has delivered another soul-crushing tearjerker

Dir: Dan Scanlon. Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Ali Wong, Lena Waithe, Mel Rodriguez. PG cert, 114 mins → Read More

Like a Boss review: Doomed comedy saved by dream team Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne

Dir: Miguel Arteta. Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Rothwell, Billy Porter, Salma Hayek. 15 cert, 83 mins. → Read More

The Call of the Wild review: A refreshing call back to the thrills of venturing into the unknown

The fifth adaptation of Jack London’s novel of the same name is an old-fashioned adventure story that delights in the majesties and dangers of Canada’s Yukon territory → Read More

Sonic the Hedgehog review: File this one away next to the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks

Dir: Jeff Fowler. Cast: Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Lee Majdoub, Adam Pally, Neal McDonough. PG cert, 99 mins. → Read More

To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You review: Enthusiastic, but less confident Netflix sequel

Dir: Michael Fimognari. Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Trezzo Mahoro, Holland Taylor. 81 mins. → Read More

EMMA. review: Hardly revolutionary, but a decadent, fondant-swaddled delight nonetheless

Dir: Autumn de Wilde. Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor. U cert, 132 mins. → Read More

Oscars 2020: This was a glorious, messy night of revolutionary wins, white guilt and feeble nods to girl power

What a strange, glorious, messy Oscars it has been. It started with the Academy self-flagellating over its structural racism and sexism and ended with Parasite becoming the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture. → Read More

Oscars 2020: A glorious, messy night of revolutionary wins, white guilt and feeble nods to girl power

What a strange, glorious, messy Oscars it has been. It started with the Academy self-flagellating over its structural racism and sexism and ended with Parasite becoming the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture. → Read More

Parasite review: An intricate examination of class conflict

Dir: Bong Joon-ho. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam. 15 cert, 132 mins. → Read More

Birds of Prey review: Its sequin-encrusted girliness and bone-smashing violence is Harley Quinn down to a tee

Dir: Cathy Yan. Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, Ewan McGregor. 15 cert, 109 mins. → Read More

Birds of Prey is the girl-gang movie Harley Quinn deserves

Harley Quinn is a terrible role model,” jokes director Cathy Yan. She pauses. She mulls over the idea. “Although, in some ways, she’s a great role model because she just is who she is.” The wildcard of DC’s cinematic universe is an acid vat of contradictions: she’s a party girl, a criminal, and a maniac with a PhD and a fixation on clowns. She lives inside her own head, but is → Read More

Birds of Prey is the girl-gang movie Harley Quinn deserves

The writer, director and stars of Margot Robbie’s passion project talk to Clarisse Loughrey about the ‘unapologetic spirit’ that has created a film bursting with poppiness, zaniness and gruesome violence → Read More

Dolittle review: It’s flat and hokey, but certainly no Cats

Dir: Stephen Gaghan. Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena. PG cert, 101 mins. → Read More

BAFTAs 2020 live: Latest updates and list of winners as 1917 and Joker dominate

Awards season travelled across the seas tonight as our very own British Academy Film Awards – otherwise known as the Baftas – took place. It was an opportunity to reward homegrown talent, certainly, but the ceremony served to put the pieces into place ahead of the Oscars, which takes place in just two weeks. → Read More

Baftas 2020: Sam Mendes' 1917 beats Parasite to Best Film in near clean sweep

This year’s Baftas featured an almost clean sweep for Sam Mendes’ 1917, which landed seven wins including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, and Best Director. → Read More

Baftas: Joaquin Phoenix ‘ashamed’ by all-white acting nominations as he attacks ‘systemic racism’

Joaquin Phoenix used his acceptance speech at this year’s Baftas to highlight the damning lack of diversity during this year’s awards season. While he stated he was grateful for the Best Actor award, the Joker star added: “I also feel conflicted – we send a very clear message to people of colour that ‘you’re not welcome here.” → Read More

Baftas 2020: Rebel Wilson attacks all-male director shortlist and mocks Cats

Rebel Wilson tore into Cats, in which she starred as Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat, while presenting the award for the all-male Best Director at this year’s Baftas. → Read More