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Marvel star Simu Liu: ‘I felt like my parents wanted to rid my life of joy or happiness’

The Chinese-Canadian actor broke new ground as Marvel’s first Asian superhero, Shang-Chi. Now he is confronting parental pressure and anti-Asian prejudice in an unflinching new memoir Almost exactly 10 years ago, Simu Liu was called into an office at Deloitte where he worked, and was laid off. “One of those moments that are seared into your life for...

Three Thousand Years of Longing review – Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba in Mad Max: fairy overload

George Miller’s belated followup to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road is a consciously unfashionable fantasy about a wary academic and a chatty genie that may leave you wishing for moreGrant the Mad Max fans a magic wish and they’d conjure up a new film from George Miller, right here and right now, not a moment to lose. It’s probably what they’ve been wanting...

Streaming: Ali & Ava and other great films set in Yorkshire

From Billy Liar to My Summer of Love, the county’s moors and mill towns have been fertile ground for film-makers. Clio Barnard’s Bradford romance is no exceptionClaire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar are the middle-aged lovers defying familial prejudice and cultural barriers in Ali & Ava (arriving on major VOD platforms on Monday), but that’s only one...

‘The birthplace of hostage negotiation’: inside a groundbreaking 1973 standoff

In compelling new film Hold Your Fire, a siege that pitted black robbers against white US police led to an unlikely outcomeFilms about hostage situations rarely play out like Hold Your Fire, where both the captives and captors don’t die.Stefan Forbes’s riveting documentary revisits a real life 47-hour standoff in Brooklyn following a botched sporting...

Brother and Sister review – sibling battle with Marion Cotillard that leaves us all losers

The latest in Arnaud Desplechin’s overwrought oeuvre features plenty of film-making elan but not one line of plausible dialogueArnaud Desplechin has once again wheeled his bizarre sweet trolley into the Cannes restaurant: another clotted confection of tragi-romantic-comic gibberish. Desplechin is a Cannes fixture and his weirdly indulgent jeux d’esprit...

Boy from Heaven review – stirring spy thriller set on an Egyptian campus

Egypt’s religious and secular institutions both breed mistrust in Tarik Saleh’s superbly realised paranoid nightmareTarik Saleh is the Swedish-Egyptian director who made The Nile Hilton Incident in 2017, a shrewd, dyspeptic movie about the official corruption in Egypt that triggered the Tahrir Square uprising. Now in an era when the Arab spring has...

A question of style: will Top Gun’s apple-pie nostalgia work its magic in 2022? | Jess Cartner-Morley

The original film’s James Dean T-shirts and flying jackets harked back to a safer, more wholesome era. Three decades later, its sequel will try the same trickFlicking through a magazine one day in 1983, Jerry Bruckheimer found himself transfixed by a photo. “It was a picture of this helmet with a visor down and a plane reflected in the visor, and then...

Armageddon Time: film featuring Trump family is attack on capitalism, says maker

New movie set in 80s US and starring Succession star Jeremy Strong with Jessica Chastain as Donald Trump’s sister, traces fault lines of political and social division back to Reagan eraA new film set in 1980s New York, in which Donald Trump’s property mogul father, Fred, and high-achieving lawyer sister Maryanne appear as characters is a direct attack...

Enys Men review – a supremely disquieting study of solitude

Bait director Mark Jenkin delivers another eerie prose-poem of a film, about a isolated woman lost inside her own mindWith his breakthrough feature, Bait, in 2019, Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin showed himself a bold experimentalist, the creator of a daringly strange expressionist cinema. It was a minimalist piece of work in black and white with the...

Rebel Wilson claims male co-star sexually harassed her: ‘It was disgusting’

Pitch Perfect star says in interview that the incident occurred before #MeToo and the outpour of similar storiesRebel Wilson has claimed that a male co-star sexually harassed her.In an interview with People, the Pitch Perfect and Cats star said that the incident occurred before #MeToo and the outpouring of similar stories.Information and support for...

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