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Its Day of the Triffids for todays Britain, but with antidepressants as the monster

Controversial look at dependence on drugs in sci-fi film by Austrian director Jessica Hausner has divided critics An award-winning science-fiction thriller billed by critics as a modern Day of the Triffids takes a provocative approach to Britains growing dependence on mood-lifting chemicals and antidepressants. Little Joe, released in UK cinemas in February, and starring Ben Whishaw, Emily Beecham and Kerry Fox, has odd, disturbing story of a newly bred plant designed to spread joy. On set in a vast greenhouse laboratory, the acclaimed Austrian director Jessica Hausner first told her…

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The 50 best films of 2019 in the US: 41-50

We begin our countdown of the best movies released in the US this year with a giant leap for mankind, a triumphant Eddie Murphy, and a vicious take on the Fox News scandal 41 Apollo 11 A front row seat for the moon landings? Few could resist this astonishing documentary featuring previously unseen footage, released for the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrongs lunar walk. Read the full review. 42 Ray & Liz Richard Billingham mined his own family for this bleak debut, capturing the claustrophobic loneliness of a couple cut…

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Gemini Man review Will Smith out-performs his younger self

All the digital de-ageing technology in the world cant make this silly sci-fi thriller about a cloned hitman convincing Will Smith is a 51-year-old contract killer named Henry Brogan who wants out of the game. His bosses arent having it and send in Junior, an assassin tailor-made to kill him. But, on removing his sunglasses and backwards baseball cap, Junior is revealed to be a younger clone of Henry. Never mind the silly science or that Smiths face is shoddily de-aged with digital technology to enable him to play Junior:…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story review Han Solo origins film is boisterous bromance

Alden Ehrenreich ably apes Harrison Ford in this straightforwardly rollicking adventure, which betrays little trace of its troubled production Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations. And Han also chances across a charismatic dandy-ish smuggler, gambler and flier called Lando Calrissian, a very funny performance from Donald Glover. It is Lando who is the owner of the Millennium Falcon, but sporting man that he is, Lando is willing to…

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