Film & TV reviews

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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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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