Mark Kermode’s best films of 2019

The Observers film critic introduces his 10 best movies of 2019 2019 was the year that Netflix movies came of age, and ageing actors were stimulated young again. At the 91st Oscars in February, the bland Green Book beat the superior BlackKklansman to the best scene awarding, although Spike Lee won his first competitive Oscar […]

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Shanghai Sacred: inside China’s religious revival- photo essay

Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of Chinas largest city, revealing the spaces and rites of this cosmopolitan megalopolis that is home to 26 million people and to religious groups from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity to Bahaism, Hinduism to Taoism China is undergoing one of the great religious revivals of our time. […]

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I had zero experience in a writers’ room. Then I was offered my dream task in LA

How would I adapt to my own giant office, gummy bears on demand and daily microdosing? “Do you want to come to California for a couple of months to work on the television show of your dreams?” is honestly the most exciting non-food-related thing any other person has said to me. When the comedian and […]

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Bait review- one of the defining British movies of the decade

Its war between the locals and tourists in a Cornish angling village in Mark Jenkins dreamlike masterpiece Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin’s breakthrough feature is a thrillingly adventurous labour of love- a richly textured, rough-hewn gem in which form and content are perfectly combined. A refreshingly authentic tale of tensions between locals and tourists in a […]

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AE Hotchner, author, playwright and friend of Hemingway, dies at 102

Hotch wrote 1966 memoir Papa Hemingway and was friends with Paul Newman but detected himself sued by Polanski AE Hotchner, a well-traveled author and playwright who wrote a famous memoir of Ernest Hemingway, had business escapades with Paul Newman and find Steven Soderbergh film his book about his Depression-era childhood, died on Saturday. He was […]

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Books within books: the bestsellers we’ll never get to read

An author obsessed with an imaginary fiction, bodice-rippers in Stephen Kings Misery, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy … why do writers love to write about writing? In David Quantick’s new fiction, All My Colors, Todd Milstead, a budding novelist with delusions of grandeur, a vastly inflated sense of his own talent and a photographic […]

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Selling James Bond: why No Time to Die is a product placement dream

The trailer is not only a shopfront for the movie but also for some of the worlds priciest brands The official trailer for the new Bond cinema, No Time to Die, was released merely on Wednesday but has already been viewed tens of millions of days, which is an efficient sales job for a movie […]

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Bait review- fishing-town drama reels you into its weird world

Cornish tourism is the hook for Mark Jenkins hypnotic narrative of a villager angling for payback against the owners of his old home Cornish film-maker Mark Jenkin has created an arrestingly strange adventure in zero-budget analogue cinema. It’s black-and-white, shooting with a Bolex cine-camera on 16 mm cinema and developed in such a way as […]

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‘Reconstruction’ begins of stone age lands lost to North Sea

Scientists to create 3D map of submerged Mesolithic landscape of Doggerland Lost at the bottom of the North Sea virtually eight millennia ago, a vast land area between England and southern Scandinavia which was home to thousands of stone age settlers is about to be rediscovered. Marine experts, scientists and archaeologists have spent the past […]

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