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Cinderella, film review: Magnificent in parts, but Kenneth Branagh's magic begins to dissipate

27 March 2015

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is, in parts, magnificent. Its brilliant use of colour, its lavishly detailed production and costume design, the swirling score from Patrick Doyle and the sheer verve of the storytelling can't help but impress, even if it is only a few weeks since the same story was told on screen in the Stephen Sondheim adaptation Into the Woods. »

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Wild Tales, film review: Damián Szifron presents six anarchic tales of the unexpected

27 March 2015

Wild Tales is a raucously entertaining collection of "six deadly stories of revenge". The brilliance of the film (produced by Pedro Almodóvar) lies in its combination of excess and ordinariness. There is a lot of violence here, often staged in a manner so extreme and so comical that it verges on the cartoonish. At the same time, the young Argentine writer-director Damián Szifron roots the tales in circumstances that every cinemagoer will recognise. If you've ever had a parking ticket or attended a wedding that got out of hand or held a grudge from schooldays, you will recognise the motivations of the protagonists. »

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The Face Of An Angel, film review: Split verdict on a murder inspired by Meredith Kercher's case

27 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

Michael Winterbottom's new film is based on the true-crime book Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox, in the same way that his 2005 comedy A Cock and Bull Story was based on Tristram Shandy. That's to say, it's got an evasive and recursive narrative, all about a film-maker failing to make a film about a murder case like the one covered by the book. »

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Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

26 March 2015 1:50 PM, PDT

In these days of Hunger Games, Avengers and 50 Shades of Grey, it may seem improbable that a traditional family fairy tale should top the Us box office charts. But that's what happened earlier this month, when Kenneth Branagh's $95m (£64m) live-action remake of Cinderella arrived in American cinemas, almost 65 years to the day since the release of the Disney animated classic. »

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