Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent

Clarisse Loughrey

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Past articles by Clarisse:

The John Lennon quotes that are still painfully relevant in this troubled world

It's been 36 years since the music icon's untimely death. → Read More

El Conde review: Brilliant Netflix film reimagines Pinochet as a literal vampire

The Chilean director Pablo Larraín follows up his English-language tales of haunted women – ‘Jackie’ and ‘Spencer’ – with this surreal alternate history horror → Read More

A Haunting in Venice review: Poirot meets the supernatural in Kenneth Branagh’s third middle-of-the-road chiller

Michelle Yeoh comfortably steals the show in this starry adaptation of lesser-known mystery ‘Hallowe’en Party’ → Read More

Past Lives movie review: A gentle drama about first love and thirtysomething melancholy

Childhood sweethearts reunite, then reunite again, in Celine Song’s vaguely autobiographical time-hopping romance, which nicely avoids easy answers → Read More

The Nun 2 review: Sequel could have been a M3GAN-esque thrill if not for its franchise commitments

Yes, a scary nun repeatedly chases French people down corridors here, but there’s also a whole lot of Conjuring Universe hooey to get through, too → Read More

The Equalizer 3 review: Denzel Washington shoots and stabs his way through Italy in gory threequel

Washington, playing a trained killer and sort-of life coach, reunites with his ‘Man on Fire’ co-star Dakota Fanning in Antoine Fuqua’s baroque actioner → Read More

Passages review: The highly publicised sex scenes are just one small part of this gut-wrenching Ben Whishaw drama

Ben Whishaw, Franz Rogowski and Adèle Exarchopoulos make up the sexually fluid love triangle at the heart of the film → Read More

Theater Camp review: Pitch-perfect satire pokes fun at stage dreams but may touch you all the same

A quartet of famous friends including Ben Platt and Molly Gordon unite to create a delightfully silly comedy that finds warmth in shared reminiscence → Read More

Scrapper review: Harris Dickinson stars in a joyous British film that must be championed

As a pint-sized huckster tricking social services, Lola Campbell delivers one of the most enthusiastic performances of the year → Read More

Strays review: Dogs have sex and do drugs in an unfunny talking-animal comedy

Despite on-camera and off-camera pedigree, this dirty doggy romp is devoid of jokes → Read More

Blue Beetle review: A superhero movie that doesn’t involve time travel or multiverses – thank god

There is something pleasantly nostalgic about the film’s straightforwardness → Read More

Heart of Stone review: Gal Gadot leads a drab, forgettable, poorly lit mess from Netflix

The ‘Wonder Woman’ star leads a movie from the ‘Ghosted’ and ‘Without Remorse’ school of instantly forgettable straight-to-streaming action vehicles → Read More

Gran Turismo movie review: A glorified PowerPoint presentation for Nissan and PlayStation

David Harbour, Orlando Bloom and Ginger Spice inexplicably lead an action blockbuster-cum-corporate-advertorial → Read More

Meg 2: The Trench review – Jason Statham’s shark movie is a hook line and stinker of a sequel

Sequel to the blockbuster 2018 film is two thirds boredom, one third aquatic chaos → Read More

Joy Ride movie review: Come for the masturbation jokes, stay for the humanity

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu co-stars in a comedy that’s as gross-out as it is sweet-toothed → Read More

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem review – Hyper-aware, affectionate and colourful

Our pizza-loving heroes are back – and better than ever – in ‘Spider-Verse’-style animated form → Read More

The Beanie Bubble review: Apple TV+ movie struggles to extract feminist heroics from a toy craze

Beanie Babies seemed to take over the Nineties before vanishing entirely – and this heavily fictionalised origin story doesn’t really tell us why → Read More

Talk to Me movie review: A neat and nasty Australian horror that dares you to touch a mummified hand

YouTubers-turned-filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippous take their biggest, goriest cues here from Sam Raimi’s ‘The Evil Dead’ → Read More

Oppenheimer review: Clever, imaginative and Christopher Nolan at his best

Cillian Murphy allows the light to dim from his eyes in every subsequent scene, but it is Robert Downey Jr who is titanic here → Read More

Barbie review: A near-miraculous achievement from Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie

While it’s impossible for any studio film to be truly subversive, this Mattel-approved comedy gets away with far more than you’d think was possible → Read More