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Relic review – a film that gorges on the terror of forgetting in a feast of dread

There are jump-scares in this creepy creaky horror, but nothing in this film was slapped together by genre algorithmIs Australian director Natalie Erika James’ feature debut a haunted house movie? A psychological drama? A Babadookian “horror as metaphor” using ghoulish symbolism to explore mother and daughter relationships? The answer is all of these...

Alex Cox's dream festival: Coppola, Fellini, Herzog and the 1972 gang

The director fills Liverpool’s picture houses with screenings of 25 great films from a golden age of cinema – from The Godfather to Aguirre, the Wrath of GodThe Rt Hon Lord Mayor, Liverpool1 January 1972Re Proposed Film FestivalYour Excellency, Continue reading...

Our film critic's first drive-in: 'I quietly squeak with excitement'

After months of struggling to watch films on my computer, I went to see a brilliant Pixar classic at a pop-up event. It convinced me that we should make drive-ins the new frontier for movies Finally. Finally! After four months of being starved of the big-screen experience, four months of sitting at my desk watching films on my MacBook, four months of...

Unraveling Athena review – a frank serving of women's lives in tennis

Sentimentality, cheerleading and a blur of talking heads mar this otherwise interesting portfolio of reflectionsSome sports documentaries use their subject as a portal into another world or as a basis to talk about a broader issue, such as race, class or gender. Some are really about personalities and fan service, and this made for video-on-demand look...

Charlize Theron's 20 best film roles – ranked!

As her new film hits Netflix, here’s a run down of the actor’s greatest performances, from sci-fi action and comedy to the portrayal of a serial killer Continue reading...

In Her Hands review – all about the musical boy genius, again

A sulky young pianist is talent-spotted at a Paris station in this dull drama that is enlivened by Kristin Scott Thomas and the charismatic Karidja TouréWhat is it about the classical music world – populated mostly by people with sophisticated tastes and exacting standards – that so often inspires film-makers to make sentimental, middlebrow schlock?...

Love Sarah review – Celia Imrie stars in warm-hearted Notting Hill drama

There are echoes of Fleabag and Richard Curtis in this tale of a mother’s attempt to run a bakery that her late daughter was set to open A pastry chef called Sarah is knocked off her bike and killed on the way to picking up keys for the bakery in Notting Hill that she’s always dreamed of opening. Afterwards, the three most important women in her life...

'I never hit Amber': what Johnny Depp said about abuse allegations

The actor’s version of events in his marriage, as he seeks libel damages from the SunOne-word answers pepper eerily desolate proceedingsIn his witness statements, Johnny Depp addressed claims and counter-claims of violence arising from his relationship with Amber Heard. Here are some of the main incidents: Continue reading...

Black Water: Abyss review – PG-style croc horror is fit for a paddling pool

It’s hard to muster more than a frisson of fear in this reptilian survival encounter set around a caving tripAbyss? Abysmal is closer to the mark. This survival horror from Australia – pitting man against killer croc – swims in the shallow end of scares. It creates the merest ripples of fear, despite contriving a nightmarish escape-proof predicament...

Johnny Depp accuses Heard of compiling dossier as 'insurance policy'

The court heard details of an email written by Heard which she compared Depp to Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeJohnny Depp has accused his ex-wife of “building a dossier” from early in their relationship as an “insurance policy for later”.The high court heard details of an email written by Amber Heard to the star, which was never sent, in which she compared him...

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