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meet the new directors who lit up the film festivals | film

At Toronto, Cannes and beyond, a wave of buzzy debut film-makers grabbed critics’ attention – we speak to four of themIt’s tough out there on the festival circuit for the newbie director. First-time film-makers frequently face an uphill battle getting noticed amid the noise and the circus of a film festival, and even more of a challenge securing distribution. Punters can be reluctant to take a risk on an unknown quantity in a festival schedule – on a director whose name isn’t instantly recognisa...

official secrets review – keira knightley excels in iraq war whistleblower drama | film

Knightley stars as the GCHQ translator who leaked a classified memo to the Observer exposing the US plot to spy on the UN shortly before the 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq war whistleblower Katharine Gun: ‘Truth always matters’“Just because you’re the prime minister doesn’t mean you get to make up your own facts.” So says Keira Knightley’s whistleblower in Gavin Hood’s “based on true events” drama, an on-the-nose revisiting of the run-up to the Iraq war that draws clear parallels with the “alternati...

the darkness of a matinee cinema trip offers a glint of hope | life and style

Alone in the velvet seats, Judy made me cryI understand now. I absolutely get it, the reason one should go to the cinema alone. Last Thursday I had the day off work and took a piece of cake to a matinee performance of Judy. As the credits rolled, this epiphany swept over me in a wonderful wave, and I leant back in my velvet seat and sighed like a snore.Self-care is an amorphous word and one that has been wrung so dry from overuse it disintegrates to the touch. The concept originated as doctors’ ...

jennifer aniston: the one where she breaks the internet | rebecca nicholson | opinion

Friends? She’s got a few, thanks to her presence now on InstragramIf Instagram were a TV series, then it is in the middle of one of those season highlights that you know everyone will be talking about the next day. It’s the explosion episode of Bodyguard, Game of Thrones’s Red Wedding, any season finale of Succession.After the previous week gave birth to the thriller of the year, the Rooney/Vardy you-dunnit, last week provided another blockbuster moment. Jennifer Aniston signed up, posted a self...

dame julie andrews: ‘my biggest disappointment? losing my singing voice’ | life and style

The star of stage and screen on painful memories, over-apologising and eating cornflakes in the middle of the night Born in Surrey, Julie Andrews, 84, began performing at 12. In the 50s, she made her Broadway stage debut in The Boy Friend and then starred in My Fair Lady. She played the title role in the 1964 film Mary Poppins, winning an Academy Award, and in 1965 made The Sound Of Music. Her second memoir, Home Work, has just been published. Andrews raised five children with her late husband, ...

streaming: meryl streep kicks off a season of starry netflix offerings | film

Get comfy on the couch with a new Soderbergh and a bravura turn from Eddie Murphy, the first of the streaming giant’s big autumn filmsAutumn is upon us, and with it the long, often tedious publicity trail to the Oscars. The late-summer film festivals, from Venice through to London, have had their say, while nomination lists for some of the season’s earliest precursor prizes are being compiled. For Netflix, this now means the rollout of their shiniest awards hopefuls on a near-weekly basis: Marti...

daniel kaluuya to produce live-action barney the dinosaur movie | film

The Oscar-nominated actor is set to produce a film based on the much-loved children’s character that will ‘surprise audiences and subvert expectations’Daniel Kaluuya and Mattel are teaming up to make a live-action Barney the Dinosaur movie.The Oscar nominated star of Get Out will produce the film based on the children’s TV character who hosted Barney & Friends from 1998 to 2009. Continue reading...

official secrets review – keira knightley shines as a very british whistleblower | film

Knightley gives a sympathetic performance as Iraq war whistleblower Katharine Gun in this shrewd and relevant spy drama• Keira Knightley: ‘Iraq was the first time I’d been politically engaged’There’s something interestingly tough and forthright about this slow-burner from director and co-writer Gavin Hood. It is a beady-eyed spy drama that has shrewd things to say about the British establishment’s tendency to spite under pressure, about the eternal duality of cockup and conspiracy, about the Kaf...

the laundromat review – steven soderbergh gets caught in a spin | film

The Panama Papers story arrives on the big screen as a star-studded romp full of smarm and short of focusHere is a movie with right on its side. But that hasn’t stopped it being messy, unsatisfying and dramatically redundant: a laborious Ted-talking satire delivered with the same air of smirking self-satisfaction that I found unbearable in Adam McKay’s The Big Short. That, too, was about financial wrongdoing with wide ramifications, based on a smart nonfiction bestseller. Related: Soderbergh on ...

paul feig: 'male humour always devolves into homophobia and name-calling' | film

The director adores working with women – but did the all-female Ghostbusters furore change that? Not a bit, he says Paul Feig has a tendency to make films that are difficult to talk about until you have seen them. The trailers for Spy, The Heat and A Simple Favour, for example, paint pictures quite different from the finished movies. Often, you leave the cinema feeling as if you have been pleasantly fooled.It’s certainly true with Last Christmas, which the director is sitting down to talk about ...

eli review – schlocky netflix horror devolves into supernatural silliness | film

A boy questions the veracity of some nasty experimental treatment in a promisingly twisty tale that ultimately crashes and burns Offloaded to Netflix by Paramount, who reportedly couldn’t figure out how the heck to market it, supernatural horror flick Eli arrives with a number of question marks eerily circulating. In a hugely profitable time for the genre, how could a major studio not figure out how to make some theatrical profit from a low-budget horror film? What’s the big twist at the film’s ...

living with yourself review – are two paul rudds better than one? | television & radio

Rudd is doubly charming in this cloning comedy-drama on Netflix, which riffs on identity, self-sabotage and the lives we wish we were leading It has long been understood that there is nothing Paul Rudd cannot do. Except age – but scientists are surely studying that phenomenon. He has effortless warmth, charm and comedy chops all melded into one handsome but somehow still relatable package. He is our Everyman figure in the Hollywood firmament; the best bits of our inner selves heightened and put ...

netflix moves to shut down lawsuit over panama papers film the laundromat | world news

Mossack Fonseca tried to stop film’s release over lawyers’ portrayal but Netflix says reputations ‘long sullied’Netflix has moved to shut down a lawsuit from Mossack Fonseca lawyers over a film about the Panama Papers scandal that led to the closure of their firm and criminal charges, arguing the partners’ reputations were “long sullied” before the film’s release.The film, The Laundromat, is due to be released on Netflix at midnight on Friday in the US, and stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas...

'it was like lighting yourself on fire': how shia labeouf's co-star changed his life | film

When the troubled actor made a film with Zack Gottsagen, who has Down’s syndrome, his drunken arrest nearly wrecked the project. The pair talk about rehab, redemption – and wrestlingWhere do you start with Shia LaBeouf? The former child star and teenage action hero, latter-day performance artist and Hollywood outcast vapes as a tune plays on his phone. The song is Our House by 1970s supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash. (“A very, very, very fine house.”) He dances. “What do you want to listen to?”...

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