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Review: The Death Of Stalin

Posted by Ed Williamson at 08:00 on 23 Oct 2017
The Death Of Stalin
By now the central premise of Armando Iannucci's recent satirical output is clear enough, or has maybe just about been done to death: in politics, everyone's a chancer, making it up on the fly and looking out for number one. In The Death of Stalin there's an extra layer of irony, too: under Communism, there isn't supposed to be a number one to look out for. It's kind of the point.

Review: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Posted by Ed Williamson at 08:00 on 16 Oct 2017
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Time was, you could get a bit of a reaction by saying Adam Sandler was a good actor. You'd be the toast of the cognoscenti, lauded for your brave and rare insight, or at the very least one of those professional contrarians who make film Twitter such a rich and challenging environment. These days the evidence is there and the idea's not controversial: everyone knows he can do it when he can be bothered changing out of his tracksuit. Maybe it's time to think of him a bit differently.

Review: American Made

Posted by Ed Williamson at 07:00 on 30 Aug 2017
American Made
I'm sorry, the old Tom Cruise can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because he's DEAD.

Review: Detroit

Posted by Ed Williamson at 07:00 on 23 Aug 2017
Detroit
There was a time when seeing overtly racist characters on screen was shocking. I can remember real, genuine frustration on watching Mississippi Burning for the first time; actual anger that this happened, and useless, impotent white-saviour frustration that I couldn't do anything about it. Now that there's a global instant news network, events like Charlottesville play out and are documented in real time, and proud, gleefully stupid characters like Christopher Cantwell willingly offer themselves up as celebrity apologists for their empty ideology. So seeing racism on screen doesn't shock me like it used to.

Review: Atomic Blonde

Posted by Ed Williamson at 07:00 on 11 Aug 2017
Atomic Blonde
I'd have been cool if I lived in Berlin in the Cold War. You would've been too: we would've smoked constantly and worn elegantly distressed charity-shop peacoats and listened to Bowie in a Lada. Maybe we could've been happy there, you and me.

Review: Maudie

Posted by Ed Williamson at 07:00 on 01 Aug 2017
Maudie
Since Maudie is a film whose hat hangs largely on its two main performances, and since the critics on the posters are starting to talk about Oscars for them, let's have a word about performances and whether there's any value in qualifying them.

Review: 47 Meters Down

Posted by Ed Williamson at 13:00 on 25 Jul 2017
47 Meters Down
Mandy Moore is on holiday and she's going to do some shark cage diving, despite it being the most nakedly awful idea two skeevy Mexican guys you'd just met in a bar could propose. She is the sort of person who is persuaded by friends to go to Glastonbury, knowing she will spend every minute unable to enjoy it for worrying where her tent is and whether her phone is sufficiently charged, but goes along with the whole grim jamboree because not to would mark her out as "no fun". She is, in short, eminently sensible and exactly like me, except that she actually makes it out of the hotel in the morning, rather than sitting hungover in her pants eating room-service waffles and watching Friends on Mexican TV.

Review: The Circle

Posted by Ed Williamson at 08:00 on 04 Jul 2017
The Circle
The tech-firm thriller seems to have supplanted the gangster movie as the modern-day American Dream story. Exploit free markets with entrepreneurial spirit, cut a few corners, hubris, rise and fall, regret, redemption. By now I thought we were past the point of techno-cautionary tales which ask whether the internet is a good or a bad thing, largely because the @dog_rates Twitter account has proved beyond all doubt that it is the former, and yet here we are.

Day-Lewis retirement "only research for role as retiree"

Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:00 on 23 Jun 2017
Day-Lewis retirement "only research for role as retiree"
Daniel Day-Lewis is to retire from acting in order to prepare for a forthcoming role in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Retiree.

Review: It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond

Posted by Ed Williamson at 16:00 on 29 May 2017
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond
Where Ron Howard's Eight Days a Week ends, as the teenage screams die down after the last chord struck at Candlestick Park, Alan G Parker's new documentary begins. Timed to coincide with Sgt Pepper's fiftieth anniversary and hoping to catch the wave of tributes and looks-back that will go along with it, it takes us from the end of Beatlemania into the start of the studio years and through the recording of their most significant album. And it doesn't come near to doing it justice.
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