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US election 2016: Six reasons it will make history

It took a while, but now we finally know which two candidates will fight it out in the race for the White House. Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate, something few would have predicted a little more than 12 months ago. And after the Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia, we know Hillary Clinton will be their candidate. Whatever happens from ...

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Whisky Galore! review – twee, comfy-cardigan film-making | Film

The Edinburgh film festival kicked off with Tommy’s Honour, a gently old-fashioned yarn about a 19th-century Scottish golf champion that may have induced mild stirrings of patriotism. Now the festival is aiming to repeat the trick with a remake of Alexander Mackendrick’s fondly remembered 1949 Ealing comedy Whisky Galore!, an adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s novel that itself drew on real ...

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The Salesman review: Asghar Farhadi offers layers of Willy Loman | Film

The appearance in Cannes of Asghar Farhadi’s interesting if contrived drama Forushande, or The Salesman, is a moment to ponder if a new genre of world cinema is being born: The Haneke/Antonioni Shock Event. Some nice, complacent middle-class people tootle along with their lives and then they’re sideswiped by a horrible event — mysterious, anonymous and malevolent —which shatters their ...

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Personal Shopper review: Kristen Stewart’s psychic spooker is a must-have | Film

Is Kristen Stewart the fifth ghostbuster? Questions like that are liable to pop into your mind watching this captivating, bizarre, tense, fervently preposterous and almost unclassifiable scary movie from Olivier Assayas. It’s a film which delivers the bat-squeak of pure craziness that we long for at Cannes, although at the first screening some very tiresome people continued the festival’s tradition ...

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The Lure: mermaid musical a splashy distraction until lack of story seems fishy | Film

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s tale of sibling mermaids could possibly be the strangest film in this year’s world cinema competition. Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska star as two sirens, Golden (Olszanska) and Silver (Mazurek), who swap swimming, seduction and hunting men for a life as star turns at a seedy gentleman’s club. Looked after by the club’s matriarch Krysia (played by Kinga ...

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Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto review – 13 Cate Blanchetts in search of a meaning | Film

There’s a clinking of champagne glasses, and Cate Blanchett moves to address an affluent crowd. Reading from cue cards in her hand, she praises the great art vortex and describes the poor as detestable animals. “The past and future are the prostitutes nature has provided,” she adds. The crowd chuckles politely. The scene plays out on one of 13 screens ...

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There's No Place Like a Safe Home for the Holidays

This past weekend, my friends Kim and Monty were having a holiday party where I met Jackson, a 13-month-old boy who seemed to be on a mission to explore every inch of the house. It reminded me that many people who host parties or have guests visiting over the holidays might not consider childproofing their homes in the same way ...

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