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  • post Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: the tunes, the rows ? discuss with spoilers - 28 April
  • Did you spot the big twist coming? Does the music paper over narrative cracks? Has there ever been a more engaging all-CGI character than Baby Groot?This article contains spoilers
    Marvel?s latest episode is a palpable hit with the critics, with a more-than-decent 87 per cent ?fresh? rating on Rotten Tomatoes compared with 91% for the smash hit original. Here?s a chance to give your verdict on the movie?s key talking points. Continue reading...
  • post The new wave of British countryside movies: 'It's all about the mud and the wind' - 28 April
  • The Levelling and God?s Own Country are social-realist dramas that abandon the inner city for bleak portraits of rural life. Their directors explain whyThe rains arrived just in time for new year. By the end of January, 16,000 acres of Somerset were submerged. Owls starved on the wing and fell dead from the sky. In the parish of Middlezoy, a farmer would later recall how he tried and failed to save a drowning hare, in the midst of evacuating his parents, his kids, and 400 head of cattle. At that moment the hare?s rescue seemed the most important task in the world, like some rustic remake of Saving Private Ryan; as though by saving the hare he could save the whole country too.Writer-director Hope Dickson Leach was told this story when researching her debut feature, The Levelling, which spotlights the aftermath of the 2014 floods. Ideally she would have liked to include it ? except that her film is not Saving Private Ryan and was never meant to be. Instead it is one of a rare breed of new British social-realist dramas that abandon the inner city in favour of muddy forecourts and derelict barns. Like Francis Lee?s God?s Own Country or Clio Barnard?s Yorkshire-set Dark River, The Levelling reveals an English countryside in crisis; isolated and impoverished, stumbling towards a Brexit that it largely voted for. Hares drown in the fields and the farms are going bankrupt. There?s not a lot to celebrate in this unclean, unpleasant land. Continue reading...
  • post Woody Harrelson webchat ? post your questions now - 28 April
  • The Hollywood star is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat on Monday 1 May ? post them in the comments below 10.56am BST Since his breakthrough as a dopey bartender in Cheers, Woody Harrelson has been an endearing Hollywood fixture ? and nominated for two Oscars along the way. His broad grin and lugubrious Texan drawl make him a natural for goofy comedy, such as upcoming indie comic-book adaptation Wilson. But he can flip to stone-faced seriousness in works such as Natural Born Killers, True Detective and The Hunger Games franchise ? just one of his blockbuster projects, which also include War for the Planet of the Apes, and the Star Wars spin-off movie about Han Solo. Continue reading...
  • post Suntan review ? stellar male midlife crisis comedy gets steadily darker - 28 April
  • A superbly directed, quietly devastating film about an EasyJet Gustav von Aschenbach who embarrasses himself by falling in love with a younger beautyArgyris Papadimitropoulos is a Greek film-maker whose work I didn?t know before seeing this unbearably sad story of sexual obsession. His style stands a little outside the black-comic absurdism of contemporaries such as Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari, but he deserves to be as well known as them. Suntan is tremendously acted, fiercely and instantly absorbing, a tragicomic tale of male midlife breakdown, featuring someone who could possibly be described as an EasyJet Gustav von Aschenbach. Makis Papadimitriou (who was in Tsangari?s film Chevalier) is excellent as Kostis, a plump, bald, middle-aged doctor who, after an unspecified history of personal disappointment, takes up a job as local practitioner on a Greek island whose economy depends on the summer months, when it becomes party central for beautiful twentysomethings. Poor, lonely Kostis one day has to attend to Anna (Elli Tringou), a gorgeous young woman who has fallen off her quad bike. She playfully takes a shine to Kostis and, with the heedless caprice and cruelty of youth, invites him to hang out on the beach with her and her friends after his daily clinic. Inevitably, Kostis embarrasses himself by falling deeply in love with her. Humiliation and worse is in store. Continue reading...
  • post Mindhorn star Julian Barratt: ?I love squalid sadness? - 28 April
  • The Mighty Boosh man is a crime-fighting ham actor in his and Simon Farnaby?s new comedy. Ridiculous, but that?s nothing compared with his acid jazz yearsJulian Barratt, star of Nathan Barley and one half of the Mighty Boosh, is known for playing mopey misanthropes with raging pretentious streaks. These days, though, he is an action hero. He is in an extremely posh hotel in central London to promote his new movie Mindhorn, where, propped up on an easel, there is a large poster of his character doing a high kick against a fiery explosion. But look a little closer, and you can see a pot belly sticking out of Barratt?s camel polo neck, hanging slightly over his grey polyester slacks. This is not your regular action movie. This is Mindhorn: the story of a past-it actor who may just hold the key to a murder. ?Mmmhmm,? Barratt, 48, says drily, raising his eyebrows. He is extremely dry. ?It feels very ? natural.? Related: Mindhorn review ? Mighty Boosh creator's funny, farcical nightmare Continue reading...
  • post Mad Max: Fury Road ? Black and Chrome Edition review ? a gem drained of colour - 28 April
  • Director George Miller always wanted his 2015 gonzo revival of the franchise to be in black and white ? and now it isAlready one of the more singular blockbusters of recent years, George Miller?s gonzo revival of Mad Max might have been even more atypical had the director been permitted to press forward with his original idea of filming it in black and white. Of course, studio financial imperatives meant that notion that was never truly a goer, but a version was released on DVD last year and now appears in cinemas. Related: Is Mad Max: Fury Road even better in black and white? Continue reading...
  • post 'It made my children cry': when real-life figures hate their biopics - 28 April
  • Madonna has expressed her unhappiness over unauthorised biopic Blond Ambition, but she?s not the first famous person to get annoyedMadonna is disgruntled. Blond Ambition, the biopic of her early days, is arguably one of the most anticipated movies of recent years. Its script was so acclaimed that it topped last year?s Black List. It?s being made by Michael De Luca, who produced The Social Network. It has the potential to do the business both critically and commercially. But Madonna hates it. Related: Madonna responds to Blond Ambition biopic news: 'Only I can tell my story' Continue reading...
  • post Baahubali 2: The Conclusion review ? joyous action epic soars - 28 April
  • The second part of India?s most expensive film ever is a jaw-dropping blockbuster that combines nimble action with genuine heart2015?s Baahubali: The Beginning, the impressive first chunk of India?s most expensive film yet, built towards a literal cliffhanger, with a strongman knifed in the back by a trusted associate on the mountain it had taken just shy of three hours to climb. Not untypical of a film hungrily synthesising centuries? worth of sacred and secular myths, that shock was always going to be tricky to top ? so it?s a relief to report that The Conclusion opens with a no less jawdropping set-to between the
    hero?s mother and a stampeding elephant. Here, once again, is thunderous spectacle unlikely to be surpassed in several summers, and clinching proof of writer-director SS Rajamouli?s position among world cinema?s boldest imagemakers. Related: Baahubali: The Beginning review ? fantastic bang for your buck in most expensive Indian movie ever made Continue reading...
  • post Gwyneth Paltrow launches Goop as glossy Condé Nast magazine - 28 April
  • Actor turned wellness guru who introduced world to vaginal steaming is to bring Goop brand to volatile magazine marketGwyneth Paltrow, having conquered the worlds of acting, macrobiotic cookery and high-end fashion, is to launch a quarterly magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine, named Goop after Paltrow?s lifestyle brand, will be available on newsstands from September. The magazine will focus on wellness ? a trillion-dollar industry of which Paltrow has long been at the vanguard. Continue reading...
  • post Ridley Scott: aliens are out there and one day they'll come for us - 27 April
  • Director says it is ?ridiculous? to think that we are alone in the universe and believes ?superior beings? will one day visit EarthAlien creator Ridley Scott has said that he is convinced that there are extra-terrestrials out there ? and one day they will come for us.
    The veteran director said he believed in higher beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month. Continue reading...

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