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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical film is no Hamilton, and lacks drama
★★
Film

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical film is no Hamilton, and lacks drama

In the Heights has a big problem: there’s not much drama, comedy or even story in its two and a half hours.

  • by Jake Wilson

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New film explores weirdest, most prolific band you’ve never heard of
★★★★
Cinema

New film explores weirdest, most prolific band you’ve never heard of

For 50 years Sparks have followed their own, uncompromising musical path.

  • by Paul Byrnes
I watched all the Fast & Furious movies furiously fast – here’s how they rank

I watched all the Fast & Furious movies furiously fast – here’s how they rank

Like a shot of NO2 to my four-core intercoolers, the release of F9 sent me on a marathon 48-hour binge of the previous eight films in the Fast & Furious franchise.

  • by Michael Dwyer
Who’s the beautiful, brooding, man in Martin Eden? Meet Luca Marinelli
Opinion
Opinion

Who’s the beautiful, brooding, man in Martin Eden? Meet Luca Marinelli

He won best actor at the Venice Film Festival with a mesmerising performance in a new film version of Jack London’s classic novel.

  • by Paul Byrnes
There’s a hint of melancholy as Fast & Furious nears its end
★★★
Film

There’s a hint of melancholy as Fast & Furious nears its end

The fast-car franchise is more like a live-action cartoon than ever, and all bets are off as it begins its allegedly final “blaze of glory” trilogy.

  • by Jake Wilson
Not even Christopher Walken can save this movie
★½
Movies

Not even Christopher Walken can save this movie

Full of odd touches and strange casting choices, Clark Johnson’s Percy vs Goliath falls flat.

  • by Jake Wilson
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I thought I knew where the harrowing movie My Zoe was going. I was wrong
★★★½
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I thought I knew where the harrowing movie My Zoe was going. I was wrong

Julie Delpy’s film about a child hospitalised with a mysterious illness takes an unexpected and harrowing turn.

  • by Jake Wilson
Half-yearly report card: The best movies of 2021 so far

Half-yearly report card: The best movies of 2021 so far

Film critics Sandra Hall, Jake Wilson and Paul Byrnes share their top films from the year to date.

  • by Paul Byrnes, Sandra Hall and Jake Wilson
New film Breaking Bread shows a side of Israel we don’t often see
★★★½
Movies

New film Breaking Bread shows a side of Israel we don’t often see

Good news out of Israel is rare these days but this documentary delivers with a story that had its origins in MasterChef, of all places.

  • by Sandra Hall
‘Heroic losers’ chalk one up for the little people
★★★½
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‘Heroic losers’ chalk one up for the little people

This Argentine caper movie hits all the right notes.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Toni Collette takes on racing establishment in incredible true story
★★★½
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Toni Collette takes on racing establishment in incredible true story

This real-life story, with Toni Collette, is a classic of the British feel-good genre.

  • by Sandra Hall