Film & TV reviews

Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns

Ken Burns brings us his new documentary on country music, to go along with his other brilliant histories of the Civil War, baseball, the Vietnam War, and the West, among others. Using footage and pho…

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Parasite

When Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019, Parasite was the first South Korean film ever awarded the festival’s top prize. Almost a year later, director Bong accomplished another series of…

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Pavarotti

Travelling in a tinny through the Amazon jungle, Pavarotti makes a pilgrimage to a boarded-up opera house where Enrico Caruso supposedly performed. Once inside and onstage, he lets loose his inimitab…

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My Brilliant Friend: Complete Series

Two young girls stand before the door of the town loan shark, fiercely clasping hands. This image of female solidarity and defiance endures all the way through HBO’s adaptation of the first of Elena …

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Chernobyl

HBO’s mini-series Chernobyl delivers some of the best television the studio has produced in recent years. Starring the brilliant Jared Harris as Valery Legasov (chief scientist of the Chernobyl commi…

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Killing Eve (Season 2)

The first season of spy thriller Killing Eve established a tense cat-and-mouse game between two flawed, obsessive women – MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and the target she is simultaneously pursu…

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Top End Wedding

A romantic comedy wouldn’t be a romantic comedy without an obstacle or two to overcome on the road to happily ever after. In this respect, Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding is no different to other rom-c…

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Destroyer (DVD)

Karyn Kusama’s first film, Girlfight, had quite an impact on me back in 2000. Her most recent film, the crime thriller Destroyer, hit me just as hard. I have no doubt that when I sit down at the end …

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Green Book by Peter Farrelly

We only get a brief glance at the ‘Green Book’ referred to in the title of Peter Farrelly’s Oscar-winning film. Regardless, that book, The Negro Motorist Green Book – a guidebook for African-American…

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Trapped: The Complete Series 2

On the second day of my trip to Iceland, in the capital city of Reykjavík, a dog was lost on the street where I was staying. The Facebook messages went out: ‘Does anyone know whose dog this is?’ With…

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