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Lisa Frankenstein


Sparky teen comedy with Cole Sprouse & Kathryn Newton


Drive-Away Dolls


Ethan Coen's loose road comedy with superb duo Margaret & Geraldine


Io Capitano


Hugely involving migration thriller from Matteo Garrone


Silver Haze


Artfully shot but thin and meandering British drama has a strong cast


Wicked Little Letters


Corny English comedy is well-played by Jessie Buckley & Olivia Colman


Perfect Days


Gorgeously observed slice-of-life Japanese film by Wim Wenders

film news

INTO THE STRAIGHTAWAY!
AWARDS SEASON SWEEPSTAKES

SHADOWS AWARDS: BEST of 2023
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Stone saves planet
28.FEB:
Stone & Lanthimos team up again for remake of 2003 Korean hit Save the Green Planet
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Sykes takes on dramatic role as a trainer in Miller's mother-son boxing drama UNDERCARD
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Cruise teams with Inarritu
Lynch leads OPTIMIZE thriller
Brolin joins WEAPONS cast
Levy in ANIMAL FRIENDS ensemble
Penn in TRUST ME doctor biopic
Mendes making four BEATLES biopics
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Scarlett vs neo-Nazis
21.FEB:
Johansson leads Arnold's Featherwood, about a real-life heroin-addicted FBI informant
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Efron will play dual roles in FAMOUS, a comedy about a guy who looks like a top movie star
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Washington/Lee reteam for HIGH
Johnson is back for MOANA 2
Murphy produces, stars in STEVE
Foy & Gleeson in H IS FOR HAWK
Tatum is a thief in ROOFMAN
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Tom in QT’s next?
14.FEB:
Cruise is rumoured to have a role in Tarantino's The Movie Critic, reteaming with Pitt
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Johnson, Pascal and Evans are lined up to star in Song's matchmaker drama THE MATERIALISTS
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Watts & Sheridan for HOUSEWIFE
Bateman leads THE CHAPERONE
Taylor-Johnson in FUZE thriller
Jones & Edgerton have DREAMS
Lowdon joins Brooks' ELLA McKAY
Tyson plays himself in BUNNY-MAN
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box office


coming soon

1 Mar:
LIUBEN
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8 Mar:
ORIGIN
MEMORY
DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH...
GLITTER AND DOOM
HIGH AND LOW: JOHN GALLIANO
SOUL
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15 Mar:
DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS
AMERICAN DREAMER
CLUB ZERO
MONSTER
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22 Mar:
GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE
ROBOT DREAMS
FEMME
DOGMAN
THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE
THE DELINQUENTS
YOU'LL NEVER FIND ME
LIMBO
LUCA
MORE >>
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Recently published reviews:
DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS
DUNE: PART TWO
LISA FRANKENSTEIN
MADAME WEB
WICKED LITTLE LETTERS
OUT OF DARKNESS
BLEEDING LOVE
BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE
EUREKA
SHOSHANA
SILVER HAZE
PERFECT DAYS
THE SETTLERS
GASSED UP
ARGYLLE

stage & more

Blissfully out of control

STAGE: Zach Zucker's Stamptown takes Soho Theatre audiences by storm until 27th Jan...


Impossible decisions

STAGE: Emotive drama The Mother of Kamal is Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate until 28th Jan...


January TV Roundup

SCREEN: Frasier, The Crown, Fellow Travelers, Morning Show, Lessons in Chemistry, Brothers Sun and more...


We didn't make it to Disney

STAGE: Parody musical Unfortunate is a riotous explosion of naughty energy, on tour until 14th July...


Charmingly transgressive

STAGE: Connor Burns brings his acclaimed stand-up Vertigo to Soho Theatre, on tour through March...


Let's talk about sex

STAGE: Blind Summit brings The
Sex Lives of Puppets
to Southwark Playhouse...


Spilling the beans

STAGE: Royal Vauxhall Tavern presents its annual adult-oriented panto Tossed...


Ogre the rainbow

STAGE: Above the Stag brings its outrageous panto Puss in Boots to Wonderville...


Grin and bare it

STAGE: Garry Starr Performs Everything is a riotous flurry of comedy and nudity at Southwark Playhouse...


Celestial bodies

DANCE: Taiwan's Cloud Gate Theatre brings the evocative Lunar Halo to Sadler's Wells...


Duets in the dark

DANCE: This year's Young
Associates mixed bill of four new works at Sadler's Wells...


Sowing the seeds of love

DANCE: Emanuel Gat Dance's Lovetrain2020 brings Tears For Fears to Sadler's Wells...

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Shadows @ AFI Fest
STAGE: White Factory at Marylebone
Shadows @ London Film Fest
STAGE: Strangers in Between
STAGE: Deeper and Deeper at Union
Shadows @ Fragments Festival
DANCE: Kyiv City Ballet at Peacock
STAGE: La Cage aux Folles, open air
STAGE: Myra DuBois at the Peacock
DANCE: Alvin Ailey, Sadler's Wells
Shadows @ London's FrightFest
Shadows @ The Fringe (6 posts)
AUG TV: The Bear, Heartstopper...
DANCE: Flamenco at Sadler's Wells
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now showing

Cold Meat


Tightly contained thriller centres on two people trapped in the snow


American Star


Very loose thriller starring Ian McShane as a hitman in the Canaries


Out of Darkness


Jump-scare heavy Stone Age thriller with an oddly over-groomed cast


Bob Marley: One Love


Kingsley Ben-Adir is terrific in this oddly compromised biopic


Madame Web


Uneven but snappy spidery superhero action with Dakota Johnson


Bleeding Love


Emotional father-daughter road movie with Clara and Ewan McGregor


Shoshana


Timely fact-based historical romance set in Palestine just before WWII


Eureka


Fascinating three-part odyssey about indigenous people in the Americas


Getting It Back


Documentary about the influential, unsung British band Cymande


The Seeding


Wilderness folk horror with Scott Haze is an effectively surreal nightmare


The Settlers


Bold Chilean Western grapples with the nature of colonialism


Gassed Up


Familiar British crime thriller livened up by its fresh-faced cast


Here for Blood


Routously violent home invasion horror comedy is hugely entertaining


Race for Glory: Audi vs
Lancia

Another racing movie, this time gritty, grounded and oddly subdued

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ARGYLLE
MIGRATION
THE COLOR PURPLE
JACKDAW
THE UNDERDOGGS
PADRE PIO
THIS BLESSED PLOT
THE KITCHEN
FIREWORKS
MEAN GIRLS
FOUNDERS DAY
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recommended

The Taste of Things


Yummy food-based romantic French drama with Juliette Binoche


The Teachers’ Lounge


Involving and powerfully observed school drama from Germany


The Iron Claw


Skilfully written and played true drama about wrestling brothers


Turning Red


Inventive, involving, hilarious animation is finally in cinemas


American Fiction


Clever and engaging social satire starring Jeffrey Wright as an author


The Zone of Interest


Jonathan Glazer's staggering exploration of wilful ignorance


Skin Deep


Bracingly original drama finds big ideas in a body swapping cult


Disco Boy


Beautifully shot dramatic thriller is enigmatic and introspective


How to Have Sex


Lively, insightful and ultimately devastating coming-of-age drama


All of Us Strangers


Astonishingly involving drama about identity with Andrew and Paul


Blue Giant


Gorgeously animated odyssey about a teen jazz band in Tokyo


Pornomelancholia


Honest, observational Mexican drama about a wannabe a porn star


The Wizard of Oz


The timelessly bonkers classic is back for its 85th anniversary

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TOTEM
SAMSARA
THE HOLDOVERS
THE END WE START FROM
POOR THINGS
MEMORY
SOUL
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