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3 Aug 20214 stars

Warring strippers make for a fun focus in this blackly comic, true-life inspired dramedy

'You wanna hear a story about how me and this bitch here fell out?' asks Zola (Taylour Paige) at the outset of this deliciously sassy and OTT offering from writer-director Janicza Bravo, co-written with Jeremy O Harris. It's based on the experience of…


2 Aug 20213 stars

Matt Damon stars in a misjudged but occasionally charming thriller from Tom McCarthy

Evoking a Taken-style vendetta thriller while riffing, pretty insensitively, on a real-life murder case and throwing in some strangely enticing culture-clash comedy and romance, Stillwater is quite the curiosity. It's the seventh feature from Spotlight…

The Suicide Squad

2 Aug 20214 stars

James Gunn delivers the goods with this superior standalone comic book sequel

Hoping to replace 2016's little-liked Suicide Squad in the collective consciousness, standalone sequel The Suicide Squad – part of the DC Extended Universe – does a much better job with similar, if far from identical ingredients. Returnees Margot…

EIFF returns this August with an exciting line-up and an innovative new look

29 Jul 2021

Nicolas Cage's Pig kicks things off, while the Billy Crystal directed Here Today starring Tiffany Haddish will close

Back to celebrate cinema in all its fabulous forms following the cancellation of 2020's event, the Edinburgh International Film Festival returns from Wednesday 18 to Wednesday 25 August – with the 74th edition taking pride of place at the heart of the…

Best films to stream this week: 28 July

28 Jul 2021

Our weekly guide to the best films available on home entertainment platforms

Our entertainment options may have increased of late but, with viewing habits perhaps permanently changed and plans remaining precarious, we'll keep casting our expert eye over the newly arrived films on TV and streaming services each week, bringing you…