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Back in 2008, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore appeared like a pair of exotic spacemen who’d seemingly teleported in from the fringes of the galaxy to spread their peace-loving utopian…

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We’ve all seen ENOUGH films to know that when aliens eventually come to Earth, they’ll do so for one of two reasons: they’ll either be set on blowing us to…

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It would be hard to imagine a film that’s more of-the-moment than Ken Loach’s latest. It follows the life of Daniel, a middle-aged widower living in Newcastle. After a heart…

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Troll dolls with Jedward hair and the gormless stare of Bez from Happy Mondays have managed to be an on-off fad for over five decades. One might wonder why they…

Andrea Arnold’s previous films have been so bone-deep British – whether it’s people enduring domestic misery on council estates in Red Road and Fish Tank, or women in corsets, rain-sodden…

Revisit interviews with Angel Olsen from around the time of the release of her 2014 breakthrough album ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’ and you’ll struggle to find photos of…

We were a simpler people when The Blair Witch Project came out in 1999. We believed it was just maybe possible that this film, purporting to be made up of…

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This adorable comedy is just the sort of directorial triumph that you’d expect to one day send its maker on to huge things. That’s already happened for Taika Waititi who,…

Let’s get straight to the point. This is a 66-minute long, almost entirely instrumental, largely ambient electronic solo album by the drummer from Alt-J. If you’re still reading, thanks for…

Based on a true story, War Dogs has much that makes it seem perfect for film adaptation: intrigue, absurd twists, lots of gunfire. What it unfortunately lacks is a single…

There are several things in Sausage Party, the deeply weird and very funny new animation from the twisted minds of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill, that can almost…

In the vein of Catfish or The Imposter, Tickled is a documentary that repeatedly yanks the rug from under you. Every time you think you think you’re starting to make…

There’s reason to feel cautious about Ricky Gervais resurrecting David Brent. The mortifying boss from The Office, who made the vaguely familiar funnyman an overnight comedy hero in 2001, is…

Jazz trumpeters are having a surprising cinematic moment. Already this year Miles Davis has had the biopic treatment, care of Don Cheadle’s ambitious but messy Miles Ahead. Here, Ethan Hawke…

There’s no mystery as to why 20th Century Fox keeps making Ice Age films. The last two made over $850 million. The mystery is why they continue to be successful.…

Drive, which had Ryan Gosling cruising around beating people up in a neon fog, didn’t actually do its director Nicolas Winding Refn many favours. It was a big hit –…

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Left to right: Ethan Hawke as John and Greta Gerwig as Maggie
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Maggie (Greta Gerwig) has decided that she’s going to have a baby. She isn’t in a relationship so, as an independent New Yorker, she’s going to do it the modern…

James Wan turned The Conjuring, a horror with a well-worn story about a nice family living in a big old house with a big old ghost, into a crowd-chilling hit…

In 2010, a 13-year-old Hailee Steinfeld gave a brilliant breakthrough performance in the Coen Brothers’ Western True Grit and became one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for…

Ryan Gosling has been in a dark place for a long time film-wise. Since 2011’s The Ides Of March he’s been mining dark dramas, stepping only briefly into comedy for…

Michael Moore has been a bug up the ass of America’s powerful for over 25 years, poking his camera at sneaky CEOs, the NRA and George W Bush in documentaries…