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August 11, 2019

Every film is an exercise in manipulation, its success primarily dependent on how deftly emotional strings are pulled and how one makes those strings invisible. There are films in which the manipulation is part and parcel of the experience for there are moments, univer...

August 4, 2019

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, an offshoot of the mega-successful franchise, is a big, shiny and expensive toy. It's the kind of film that one calls a guilty pleasure, though one should be proud rather than sheepish about the pleasure derives from such a sp...

August 4, 2019

The key to Chris Evans' appeal, apart from his obvious good looks and physique, is a cocksure yet calmly commanding composure that no one else quite possesses. There's an ease to him, a sense of the unrushed, as well as a gruff bluntness when decisions, rash or otherwi...

July 28, 2019

Female empowerment and female objectification have always gone hand in hand in Luc Besson's films. This has always been a strangely effective if problematic view, especially in the light of the current allegations of sexual impropriety levelled against the French filmm...

July 21, 2019

Ma, as its title may suggest, is not about a maternal figure. She may seem that way since she's played by Octavia Spencer, who is a natural at exuding a motherliness that is both warm and sassy, but she is a person in need of being taken care of. Yet she is the one tak...

July 21, 2019

Based on the 2010 French action thriller, À bout portant, Point Blank (in no way to be confused with the 1967 John Boorman classic) is a mash-up of a race-against-the-clock chase flick and buddy movie. Though effective in parts, this is an instantly forgettable film th...

July 14, 2019

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief. Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade. Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in How to Steal a Million. Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair. There's nothing wrong with watching a film with the simple intention of...

July 14, 2019

What if you woke up one day and you were the only one who knew that The Beatles ever existed? What would life be like? How would the past several decades have been affected? Yesterday, the rom-com disguised as a musical fairy tale written by Richard Curtis and directed...

July 13, 2019

Style and likability can often go a long way, which is why it's relatively easy to give Teen Spirit, actor Max Minghella's directorial debut, a somewhat grudging pass. Like the pop songs it uses, it's a confection that pleases though not wholly satisfies. Unlike the gr...

July 7, 2019

"You may think you know my story," the titular character notes at the start of Ophelia, a reshaping of Shakespeare's classic Hamlet in which the Danish prince's tragic love takes her place front and centre. Based on Lisa Klein's 2006 young adult novel, the film is cert...

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This month’s photo gallery celebrates America’s favourite redhead LUCILLE BALL, born this month in 1911.

“I’m not funny. What I am is brave.”

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