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Gwen

15 Jul 20194 stars

Debut director William McGregor and stalwart star Maxine Peake impress with an unnerving folk tale

Gwen begins with two sisters snatching a happy moment by the sea, but the ominous sounds of the crashing waves and howling wind are about to give way to the tangible terror of dead bodies: their neighbours are being wheeled away, victims of cholera.

Tell It to the Bees

15 Jul 20193 stars

Holliday Grainger and Anna Paquin share convincing chemistry in this 50s-set love story

Love is the great healer in Tell It to the Bees, an elegantly crafted, quietly touching adaptation of the Fiona Shaw novel. The Scotland of 1952 provides a suitably dreich, oppressive setting for a tale in which narrow minds are gently prised open and…

Varda by Agnès

15 Jul 20195 stars

Agnès Varda's final film looks over her legacy and forms a fitting farewell

A pioneer of the French New Wave and member of its Left Bank group, Agnès Varda was always curious, creative and empathetic. She played by her own rules and in this reflective documentary – her final film, made shortly before she passed away in March…

Stuber

10 Jul 20192 stars

Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani team up for a disappointing Uber-driven buddy movie

If the feature-length toy advert that was The Lego Movie was a pleasant surprise, Stuber doesn't bring nearly as much imagination to its Uber-driven story, the existence of which is testament to the cab app's rapid rise to ubiquity. The latest from the…

Ron Howard on Pavarotti: 'You have to appreciate that this spirit with which he approached his life is really to be admired'

9 Jul 2019

Oscar-winning filmmaker discusses his new documentary about the larger-than-life opera star

Sometimes, a bit of distance is what you need. Take Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning filmmaker of A Beautiful Mind. When he was approached to make a documentary about the opera star Luciano Pavarotti, he was by no means an expert. 'I didn't make the movie…