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Portrait of a Lady on Fire review, London Film Festival: A gorgeous study of two women in love, unbothered by the restrictions of men

Dir: Céline Sciamma. Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, and Valeria Golino. 119 mins → Read More

The Day Shall Come review: A strangely muted return from Chris Morris

Though it’s silly and as angry with the world as you’d expect, it never quite digs its claws into the behind-the-scenes machinations of the FBI → Read More

Abominable review: Occasionally original, but not quite daring enough

Dir: Jill Culton. Starring: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, and Michelle Wong. U cert, 97 mins → Read More

The King review: Timothée Chalamet stars in an exhaustingly solemn take on Shakespeare

David Michôd and Joel Edgerton have sought to rip the history out of Shakespeare’s pages, trading in lengthy soliloquies for the mud, blood, and rage of the medieval battlefield → Read More

Gemini Man review: Will Smith vs Will Smith vs a terrible script

Director Ang Lee’s combination of 3D and a high frame rate could have marked a minor technological milestone, if the film’s aggressively dated script didn’t make it so forgettable → Read More

Knives Out review: Rian Johnson's whodunnit is an ingeniously constructed film

Dir: Rian Johnson. Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, and Lakeith Stanfield. 15 cert, 130 mins → Read More

Glastonbury see tickets: How to register and beat the deadline for 2020 festival

With Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary taking place next year, there are bound to be some special surprises in store – meaning it won't hurt to register before tickets go on sale on 6 October. To do so, all you need to do is visit the Glastonbury Festival website and fill in your details. But you need to be quick, because registration closes today (Monday, 30 September) at 5pm. → Read More

The Lighthouse review: A claustrophobic horror filled with sweaty desire, sickly jealousy, and unbridled rage

As with Eggers’ last film and directorial debut, ‘The Witch’, there’s a clear desire for historical accuracy in language, look, and tone. But the film doesn’t feel stiff → Read More

A masterpiece for the ages or a flat-out danger to society? Joker isn’t smart enough to be either

My reaction to Joker wasn’t at all what I expected. Ever since the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival, I’d been assured that there are only two schools of thought here: it’s either a masterpiece for the ages or a flat-out danger to society. The first was bolstered by the fact it won Venice’s highest prize, the Golden Lion, and has since earned its fair share of awards → Read More

Good Posture review: Emily Mortimer stars as reclusive author in touching comedy-drama

The directorial debut of actor Dolly Wells, the film’s script features the kind of complicated, delightfully flawed women you could see Wells herself having played at different points in her career → Read More

National Poetry Day 2019: 28 of the most powerful lines ever written

On National Poetry Day, falling on 3 October, we recognise the moving spirit of poetry and its transformative effect on culture. Each year there’s a different theme and in 2019 the theme is “Truth”. Here are a small collection of singular lines, stanzas, and notions possessing the power to spring the most moving of thoughts and feelings into the humming imagination of the → Read More

Judy review: Renee Zellweger gives the performance of a lifetime in Garland biopic

There’s something more ambitious here than a mere tribute: her Garland encompasses her own setbacks, the sacrifices of countless others in her industry, as well as the pain of every woman who’s been crushed under the heel of society’s demands → Read More

Disney+: It's better for all of us that Disney’s rival service to Netflix faces an uphill battle

Disney+ is set to enter the streaming wars like a wrecking ball. At least, that’s what it wants you to think. → Read More

Glastonbury 2020 tickets: How to register and beat the deadline for next year's festival

With Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary taking place next year, there are bound to be some special surprises in store – meaning it won't hurt to register before tickets go on sale on 6 October. To do so, all you need to do is visit the Glastonbury Festival website and fill in your details. But you need to be quick, because registration closes today (Monday, 30 September) at 5pm. → Read More

Ready or Not: Horror-comedy doesn’t mess around with its social commentary

Dir: Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin. Starring: Samara Weaving, Andie MacDowell, Mark O’Brien, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Nicky Guadagni. 18 cert, 95 mins → Read More

Hotel Mumbai review: Avoids white saviour territory but falls prey to too many damaging narratives

Anthony Maras’ film on the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai doesn’t come off as exploitation, but neither is it entirely free from the limits of its creators’ perspective → Read More

The Goldfinch review: A disastrous translation of Donna Tartt’s book to the big screen

Dir: John Crowley. Starring: Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, and Nicole Kidman. 15 cert, 149 mins → Read More

The Farewell review: Awkwafina is startling in a comedy of bracing honesty

Dir: Lulu Wang. Starring: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, and Jiang Yongbo. PG cert, 100 mins → Read More

For Sama review: One of the most profoundly intimate depictions of the Syrian conflict

Dir: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts. Featuring: Waad al-Kateab, Hamza al-Kateab, and Sama al-Kateab. 18 cert, 100 mins → Read More

Hustlers review: A lean, fierce take on female empowerment in a corrupted world

Dir: Lorene Scafaria. Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B. 15 cert, 109 mins → Read More