Film & TV reviews

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the fourth feature by Kiwi writer–director Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark, Boy, What We Do in the Shadows). Ricky Baker is one foster house away from a juvenile detention…

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Barracuda (Mini-series)

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

A few years ago, I was given a proof copy of what was then Christos Tsiolkas’s latest novel, Barracuda. I found myself soengrossed in the story that I couldn’t put it down and I ended up spending a w…

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Occupied: Season 1

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

The North Sea is a cold and desolate place. Ice and snow and freezing cold seas await any one or thing foolish enough to cross its barren path. Things heat up, though, in the new Norwegian drama base…

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Brooklyn

Reviewed by Stella Charls

Sensitively adapted by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibín’s beloved novel, Brooklyn is the story of Eilis (the mesmerising Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant who moves from small town Enniscorthy, Ire…

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Norskov

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Ah, the Danes! Just when you think your late night TV shows are all starting to look and end the same way, along comes another piece of Nordic noir to brighten, well, err, darken your day.

Norskov t…

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Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

In Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, Michael Caine plays Fred Ballinger, a retired composer holidaying at a mountain resort in the Swiss Alps. He is joined by his daughter, Lena (the inimitable Rachel Weisz)…

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The Bridge: Season 3

Reviewed by Jason Austin

As with the last two seasons of this exemplary Swedish/Danish co-production, this third season of The Bridge opens with a puzzle in the form of a murder. This time, Helle Anker, the founder of the fi…

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War And Peace: Season 1

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Tolstoy’s War and Peace is the classic of classics. Andrew Davies is perhaps the man most synonymous with adapting classics for the BBC. Davies brought us the yardstick by which every other Sunday ni…

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The Young Montalbano: Volume 2

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

It has been over three years since the first season of this brilliant Italian crime drama was made available, but the wait has been worth it. This new series was supervised by the writer of the origi…

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Utopia: Season 2

Reviewed by Elke Power

If you watched the first season of Utopia, you probably have high expectations for the second. If you haven’t seen the show before, but are familiar with the uncannily accurate and hilarious 90s news…

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