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Young Ahmed

24 May 20192 stars

Cannes 2019: Disappointing radicalisation drama from the Dardenne brothers

Celebrated Belgian filmmakers the Dardenne brothers weave a flimsy social realist yarn about a radicalised Muslim teenager who is fixated on killing his teacher. Over a period of weeks, Ahmed's mother (Claire Bodson) notices drastic changes in her son's…

Booksmart

24 May 20194 stars

Geek girls party hard in an effervescent and edgy comedy from actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde

Geek girls get a well-deserved blowout in the fabulous first feature from actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde. The teen party movie has been done to death but Booksmart feels box-fresh in its focus on characters who have traditionally been sidelined.

The Secret Life of Pets 2

23 May 20193 stars

Cutesy and chaotic animated sequel that should please kids more than parents

A sequel to the 2016 animated kids' movie about what pets get up to when we're not at home, this picks up the story of New York mutt Max (Patton Oswalt, taking over from disgraced comedian Louis CK). Alongside rescue dog Duke (Eric Stonestreet), Max…

Matthias & Maxime

23 May 20192 stars

Cannes 2019: A kiss jeopardises a friendship in this unpersuasive effort from Xavier Dolan

Best known for Laurence Anyways, Tom at the Farm and Mommy, writer-director Xavier Dolan's finest films have been searing, immaculately crafted autobiographical dramas that allowed him to analyse life, love and suffocating family ties. Sadly, Matthias…

Parasite

23 May 20195 stars

Cannes 2019: Slickly directed and darkly hilarious satire from Bong Joon-ho

The view from the cramped basement apartment where Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) lives with his wife Chung-sook (Chang Hyae-jin) and two grown-up children is grim. All unemployed, the family make ends meet via home-based schemes, folding pizza boxes and…