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★★☆☆☆ Mary Shelley was among the most important writers of the Romantic period, a time of intense political and social upheaval. But you wouldn’t know it based on this tepid biopic, which reduces the author of one of the most important gothic novels ever…
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Mary Shelley
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Originally published at Thresholds. First published in 1998 in the science fiction anthology series Starlight, Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life’ tells the story of humanity’s first contact with aliens. After the beings appear in orbit around Earth,…
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5. The Shape of Water    Back when I first saw Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winner, I described The Shape of Water as “a truly vital picture, from the moving performances across the board, the gorgeously stylised set design and the sumptuous…
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2018 has already produced some terrific films. While superheroes continue to dominate at the summer box office, the year of #metoo has brought better representation for women and minorities, both in front of and behind the camera with moving pictures like…
Top ten films of the year (so far)
Top ten films of the year (so far)
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★★★★☆ After his best friend Esteban is devoured my a mysterious monster of the deep, the legendary undersea documentarian Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) vows to find and destroy the creature to avenge his friend. Designating the animal the ‘jaguar shark’,…
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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★★★★☆ Very loosely based on the childhood of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hung, Woo-Ping Yuen’s Iron Monkey is a terrifically entertaining action picture in the Hong Kong Kung Fu tradition. Woo-Ping would later go on to choreograph the fight sequences in…
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Iron Monkey
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★★★★☆ When a prisoner transport crashes during a night-time storm, John ‘Joker’ Jackson (Tony Curtis) and Noah Cullen (Sidney Poitier) make their escape, chained together by the wrist. The director’s third feature, The Defiant Ones combines Stanley…
The Defiant Ones
The Defiant Ones
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The third entry in George Romero’s original Dead Trilogy, 1985’s Day of the Dead, is just as rich in satire and subtext as its much-celebrated predecessors, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Indeed, more than 30 years since its release, it’s…
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★★★★★ On 25 November 1970, Yukio Mishima, one of Japan’s leading authors, attempted a coup d’etat with three members of his private army before committing seppuku. Paul Schrader’s stunning biopic follows Mishima over the course of that day, punctuated by…
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
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Of the twenty-four official James Bond films, seventeen are adapted from Ian Fleming’s original novels and short stories. Many of these are loose adaptations at best, often drawing on material from multiple texts, and as the films were not produced in the…
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