Film & TV reviews

Prime Suspect 1973

Reviewed by Suzanne Steinbruckner

It’s very satisfying to go back in time and watch the origin story of a character you’ve come to know well from a long-running series. In Prime Suspect 1973, that’s exactly what happens, as newcomer …

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The Salesman

Reviewed by Stella Charls

With The Salesman, acclaimed writer-director Asghar Farhadi offers up another analytical yet deeply empathetic film about modern Iranian society under a repressive regime. Here, as with his previous …

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Big Little Lies

Reviewed by Jo Case

Fantasy dreamscape flashes to nightmare, and back again, in the HBO limited series Big Little Lies, based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel and masterfully directed by Jean-Marc Valee (Wild). Eve…

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Witnesses: Season 2

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Let’s call this latest offering from the French what it really is: another superior piece of crime television. Interpret it as the next chapter of Nordic Noir if you must, but don’t forget that Franc…

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River: Season 1

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

SPOILER ALERT… Fifteen minutes into British crime drama River and you are hooked.

River (Stellan Skarsgard) and his partner ‘Stevie’ (Nicola Walker) discuss the virtues of singing out loud and relea…

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Lion

Reviewed by Jo Case

Lion opens in remote rural India, where tiny Saroo, having promised to wait for his brother on a train platform, curls up in a stationary train carriage, and wakes up with the empty train moving at s…

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: One More Time With Feeling

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

I have a 15-year-old son. He is one of the lights of my life. This riveting documentary, One More Time with Feeling, has given me an insight into my worst fear, realised. Halfway through the recordin…

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Where Am I Going?

Reviewed by Stella Charls

South Italian slacker Checco (Checco Zalone) is 39 and still living at home. He’s sexist, selfish and happy with his lot in life, working idly in his cushy public service job. He is one of the privil…

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Inspector Montalbano: Volume 7

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Luca Zingaretti returns as the grumpy and fantastic Inspector Salvo Montalbano for a final season in sun-drenched Sicily. Volume 7 comprises two films, and Volume 8 will follow with two more this yea…

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The Night of: Season 1

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Nasir Khan is an economics student of Iranian heritage who has been caught up in a murder mystery, of which he is the prime suspect, at a thankless time for Muslims in New York City. Arrested for a c…

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