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Father of the Bride 3 review: Zoom reunion helps you miss weddings a little less

A fundraising 60-minute lockdown sequel to Nancy Meyer’s hit comedy was warm and well-intentioned but also sugary, derivative and downright weird“What are we, the schmaltz family?” asks Matty, played by Kieran Culkin, the now grownup son of Steve Martin’s George and Diane Keaton’s Nina in Father of the Bride Part 3 (ish). This is the special online...

Streaming: Enola Holmes and the best Sherlock adaptations on screen

The great sleuth’s savvy teenage sister, new to Netflix, would give everyone from Basil Rathbone to Ian McKellen a run for his moneyWhat is it about Sherlock Holmes that holds such enduring fascination for people? After nearly 140 years, you might think a tweedily eccentric, pipe-smoking Victorian detective might have worn out his pop-culture welcome....

Miss Juneteenth star Nicole Beharie: ‘Black people are not monolithic’

The actor on Black Lives Matter, discussing representation with Steve McQueen and remembering co-star Chadwick Boseman Speaking to Nicole Beharie, it becomes apparent that she is really passionate about science. During our interview, the actor erupts into a flurry of asides, from the discovery of two new black holes to her ardour for neuroscience. “I’m...

Janelle Monáe: ‘What is a revolution without a song?’

From starring roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures, to a genre-busting musical career, the actor and singer has always gone her own wayA downside, perhaps, to the sheer imaginative power of Janelle Monáe is that it’s hard not to bring unreasonable expectations to any conversation one has with her. The musician and actor is on the phone from her home...

Mangrove review – Steve McQueen takes axe to racial prejudice

The notorious 1970 prosecution that exposed police harassment of black Britons is brilliantly evoked as part of the director’s Small Axe projectVivid, immediate and impassioned, this new movie episode in Small Axe, Steve McQueen’s five-part film series for the BBC, is about the Mangrove Nine case in 1970. A group of black British campaigners were tried...

Can the 'awards-bait' movie survive the impact of coronavirus?

The Emmys were held over Zoom and the Oscars have been pushed back – but the enforced shakeup from the pandemic could be just what the awards season needsAs with other creative industries, the film business is reeling under the impact of coronavirus. Crews are struggling to shoot, cinemas are severely restricting audience numbers, studios have been...

Rebuilding Paradise review – after the wildfire in a California town

The town of Paradise tries to get back on its feet in Ron Howard’s quietly harrowing documentaryAs America’s west coast continues to burn, this Ron Howard-directed documentary tells of the aftermath of the 2018 wildfires in Paradise, California. At the time it was the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. Paradise first entered...

Miss Juneteenth review – inspiring tale of a mother's dreams

In a story steeped in pride for Black Texan culture, a struggling single mom hopes her daughter will repeat the success she once had as a beauty queenThis debut feature from Channing Godfrey Peoples is lit with pride for Black Texan culture: the BBQ, the beauty pageants, historic black colleges and Juneteenth itself. This is the annual 19 June holiday...

From Ida to The Evil Dead: 10 of the best films under 90 minutes

If you don’t have the concentration for a cinematic epic, here is a selection of movies clocking in at less than an hour and a halfThis is not the moment for ponderous blockbuster cinema: concentration spans, we are told, are plummeting in the Covid era. So if you’re fretting at home, here is a film that will take your mind off things: the Beatles’...

‘We had the dust of radicalism sprinkled on us that night’ – an epic documentary of black student protest

The 1968 antiwar uprising at Columbia University is well known. But as Paul Cronin’s new 15-hour film shows, while the white students focused on Vietnam, the black students’ concerns are still urgent today‘Lockdown has done wonders for me,” says Paul Cronin with a laugh. An English film-maker who lives in New York, he had been working off and on for...

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