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The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare review – Guy Ritchie’s fun wartime romp

Henry Cavill leads a ragtag group on an unlikely mission in this shaggy, exaggerated account of Operation PostmasterGuy Ritchie’s inevitable graduation from London to Hollywood has had its moments – the rambunctious zip of the first Sherlock Holmes, the stylish homoeroticism of The Man from UNCLE – but it soon felt as if the once electrifying film-maker...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 21:59
Swede Caroline review – marrow mockumentary is gourd for a laugh

Zany caper follows Jo Hartley as a big-veg enthusiast defending her patch from elaborate ill-doingsChaos reigns in this strange, funny and amiably anarchic mockumentary about dirty tricks in the cutthroat world of competitive marrow-growing, written and co-directed by film-maker Brook Driver. Maybe the script could have gone through another couple of...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 16:00
All You Need Is Death review – Irish horror finds evil in taboo folk ballad recording

The story of two historians unleashing evil while recording a song is a strong idea and there are good moments and performances, but it is too chaotic and unfocused to resonatePaul Duane is the film-maker who in 2011 made Barbaric Genius, a gripping documentary portrait of ex-convict, ex-vagrant and tournament chess player John Healy, whose memoir The...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 13:28
Forget Black to Black. Here are the eight best fake music biopics

If you really want to know about making music, fame, exploitation, addiction, egos and challenging personalities – look to fiction. Here are our favourites Making a movie about an iconic musician can be perilous – there are so many stakeholders with differing versions of events, and so many diehard fans looking for a perfect representation of their...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 12:27
If Only I Could Hibernate review – Mongolian maths whiz aims to escape biting cold

A tented district of Ulaanbaatar is the backdrop as a gifted student with a chance to succeed and move away finds himself having to care for his siblings A valuable debut feature from 34-year-old Mongolian film-maker Zoljargal Purevdash, inspired by her childhood experiences of studying for a life-changing educational scholarship, as well as by the...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 11:27
Prospect Cottage: Derek Jarman’s seaside home – in pictures

Prospect Cottage on the beach at Dungeness, Kent was a home and sanctuary for the artist and film-maker Derek Jarman. The gardens are world famous, but the interior, shielded from public view by net curtains hung by his partner, Keith Collins, after his death, has been largely unseen. This haven has been photographed by Gilbert McCarragher, and Prospect...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 11:27

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