Film & TV reviews

The Crown (Season 3)

The end of the year brings two exciting dates for fans of The Crown. For those with Netflix subscriptions, Season 4 of this outstanding series will have its streaming release on 15 November, and for …

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My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name (Series 2)

Season two of the television adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels picks up where the first ended – at Lila’s wedding and its aftermath. Now sixteen, the brilliant friends’ lives are more …

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The Loudest Voice

I wasn’t sure I could review this mini series. Not because I didn’t like it, far from it. This is a brilliantly made series that keeps you engrossed from its first minute to its last. Russell Crowe a…

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Belgravia

The new six-part series from Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, opens with a view he knows well – high society at play. In Belgravia, written by Fellowes and based on his novel, the scene…

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Honeyland

Honeyland is a lyrical, realist documentary and an intimate character study of a resilient, wise woman. Hatidze Muratova is in her fifties, living a simple life in a remote and primitive mountain vil…

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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 (Series 1)

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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