articles by Prahlad Srihari

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Uncle Frank movie review: Paul Bettany comes out, Sophia Lillis comes of age in overly tidy comedy-drama

Following many detours, there's little gas left by the time we arrive at the all-too-convenient conclusion.

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Hillbilly Elegy movie review: Amy Adams, Glenn Close offer little consolation in Netflix's neoliberal morality play

If anything, Hillbilly Elegy proves even the best actors don't always make the best choices.

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The Good Lord Bird review: Ethan Hawke unshackles American history’s darkest chapter in fiery abolitionist Western

There's a certain chaos to The Good Lord Bird's version of history, because it's a history full of shameful pages. It can't ever be erased. If all the demonstrations and unrest this year teach us anything, it's that America's present remains as chaotic as its past.

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The Life Ahead movie review: Sophia Loren makes stellar return in well-intentioned weepie

Sophia Loren beams the story with light, without shrouding it altogether. The veteran actor knows exactly when to take a step back to let her co-star shine.

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Moonbase 8 review: Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, John C Reilly's NASA workplace caper never takes flight

The show confines its three protagonists to a single setting for its entirety, and it should make for a suitable bedfellow in these COVID-19 times. But it doesn't.

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Quiz review: British miniseries on SonyLIV punctures the myth of meritocracy and game shows

The three-part dramatisation of a British game show scandal is worth watching, even if it has no answer for its million-dollar question.

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Swallow movie review: Haley Bennett gives a whole new meaning to "you are what you eat"

In his debut feature, Carlo Mirabella-Davis contextualises the eating disorder (known as pica) within a dialectic of control over women and their bodies.

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The Queen's Gambit review: Anya Taylor-Joy mesmerises in gripping study of genius marred by addiction

The Queen's Gambit traces a thriving subculture of nerds who eat, breathe, walk, talk and live chess. It's a nerd subculture worlds away from some of its modern variants, where misogynists band together in their shared sense of aggrieved entitlement.

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The Mandalorian Season 2 hits the ground running with Easter egg and Baby Yoda reaction-packed premiere

The Mandalorian Season 2 premiere teases more meme-able Baby Yoda moments, a giant sand monster and a potentially big reveal.

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Borat 2 movie review: Sacha Baron Cohen holds up a mirror to America’s far right, and invites the world to shame them

Sacha Baron Cohen weaponises bigotry against itself in a blistering plea to Americans to vote Trump out.

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Over the Moon movie review: Netflix animated musical gets stuck in Disney-Pixar’s familiar orbit

Unlike Coco, Over the Moon is dwarfed by a sense of faux-authenticity, to present a version of China that Western audiences can more easily identify with.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 movie review: Starry courtroom drama amounts to little more than Sorkin-standard speechifying

What ought to have been a captivating clash of wits and ideologies amounts to little more than standard speechifying.

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Evil Eye and Nocturne review: Blumhouse’s double feature illustrates horrors of Indian matchmaking and sibling rivalry

If you are curating a Halloween movie marathon, I would advise skipping the four features of Welcome to the Blumhouse altogether.

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'What we’re seeing today is the demonisation of dissent': Aaron Sorkin on upcoming film, news media, and courtroom dramas

In a conversation moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, Sorkin discussed his film The Trial of the Chicago 7, directing a starry ensemble cast, and the “demonisation of dissent” in Trump’s America.

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The Forty-Year-Old Version movie review: Radha Blank's Sundance breakout hit is a sharp comedy about artistic compromise

The real triumph of The 40-Year-Old Version is of course Radha Blank, who announces herself as a fiery new cinematic voice.

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Fargo's legacy will endure even if Season 4 falls well short of Coen Brothers classic and Season 2 peak

Those expecting the new instalment of Fargo to reach the heights of Season 2 should certainly temper their enthusiasm.

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Black Box and The Lie review: Amazon, Blumhouse kick off Halloween season with two fright-free fiascos

The Lie and Black Box debuted as a double feature on Amazon Prime Video on 6 October.

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Enola Holmes movie review: Millie Bobby Brown is delightfully charming as Sherlock's sister in Netflix spin-off

Enola Holmes doesn't just piggyback on Sherlock's beloved status, it promises a fresh origin story which is part coming-of-age comedy, and part literary revisionism.

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TIFF 2020 highlights and films that stood out, from One Night in Miami to Pieces of a Woman

TIFF going virtual this year offered an opportunity for novice film writers to cover a festival they might not have been able to otherwise. It democratised access to films, which may or may not release globally.