Biography

Maestro review – as heady and bombastic as a golden-age Hollywood musical

By Lillian Crawford

Bradley Cooper soars in this lovingly crafted biopic of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein.

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Society of the Snow review – a visceral survival drama

By Emma Fraser

A harrowing yet incredibly human look at survival in the most desperate circumstances from director JA Bayona.

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The Iron Claw review – a heartbreaking dissection of fraternal tragedy

By Hannah Strong

Sean Durkin's searing new drama focuses on the incredible story of the Von Erich Brothers, who became heavyweights in the wrestling world, but were dogged by personal tragedy.

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Bob Marley: One Love review – a low-calorie music bio

By David Jenkins

An ultra-conventional jukebox biog where a celebration of the music trumps a true exploration of the man.

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Your Fat Friend review – heartfelt, clear-eyed filmmaking

By Hannah Strong

Jeanie Finlay profiles writer and activist Aubrey Gordon, whose eponymous blog unexpectedly led her to become an online sensation.

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The Boys in the Boat review – gentle, forgettable sports drama

By Hannah Strong

Callum Turner puts in a fine performance as Olympic rower Joe Rantz in George Clooney's latest cosy slice of American history.

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One Life review – protect Anthony Hopkins at all costs

By Adam Woodward

Anthony Hopkins is sensational in James Hawes' otherwise fairly conventional biopic of Nicholas Winton, who was responsible for rescuing hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

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Ferrari review – Driver is fantastic, Cruz is even better

By David Jenkins

Adam Driver portrays the single-minded Enzo Ferrari in his middle-age following the death of his son Dino in Michael Mann's unconventional take on the biographical drama.

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Priscilla review – subtle and sensational

By Hannah Strong

A star is born in Sofia Coppola's biographical drama based on the relationship between Priscilla and Elvis Presley, with Cailee Spaeny delivering a remarkable performance.

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Next Goal Wins review – chillingly eager to please

By Mark Asch

Taika Waititi's feel-good comedy about the plight of a hapless Samoan football team strives for nothing more than maintaining the status quo.

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Napoleon review – a dirty, bloody epic

By Hannah Strong

Ridley Scott takes on the might of France's most famous son in predictably brash and thrilling style.

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Typist Artist Pirate King review – cleverly picks apart biopic clichés

By David Jenkins

Carol Morley constructs a creative tribute to the artist Audrey Amiss, who created thousands of artworks but remained mostly unknown until her death in 2013.

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Golda – a smokey, talky historical biopic

By David Jenkins

Helen Mirren dons heavy prosthetics as one-time Israeli prime minister Golda Mair in this drab geopolitical retelling of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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BlackBerry review – Glenn Howerton is on top form

By Hannah Strong

Canadian indie filmmaker Matt Johnson crafts an offbeat drama about the creation of a since-slain mobile phone giant.

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Oppenheimer review – Cillian Murphy’s finest hour

By David Jenkins

This combustible and relentlessly-paced biography of the “father of the the atomic bomb” is a contender for Christopher Nolan’s best film.

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The Super 8 Years

By Mark Asch

Annie Ernaux and her son David piece together a magical home movie essay on marriage, motherhood and the whole damn thing.

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Chevalier

By Leila Latif

Joseph Bologne receives a gorgeous biopic that also serves as a devastating reminder of a greatness nearly entirely expunged from history.

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