articles by Prahlad Srihari

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Oscars 2021: Netflix scores increasing nominations every year, but the Best Picture win remains elusive

Netflix may enter the night of 25 April with 35 nominations, but how much hardware will it really walk away with?

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Nomadland movie review: Chloé Zhao's sanitised portrait of forgotten wanderers on the American frontier

Chloe Zhao's vision of life on the road in Nomadland is rooted in American traditions,

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Godzilla vs Kong movie review: Not the king of monster movies, but a royal rumble nonetheless

Godzilla vs Kong suffers from the same malady as so many modern blockbusters: they're immensely watchable, but instantly forgettable.

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Amazon Prime Video's Invincible brings guts, gore and grit to a superhero coming-of-age tale

The world of Invincible is a pastiche of DC and Marvel comics, and everything between and beyond

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Calls review: Derivative storytelling undermines Apple TV+’s novel alternative to podcast adaptations

Calls is an adaptation of the CANAL+ French series created by Timothée Hochet. It's the fiction podcast transitioning into a new form of audio-visual narrative. Over 9 episodes, each around 15-20 minutes in length, stories of strange phenomena unfold all of which are transcribed over minimal graphics on screen.

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After WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finds two more superheroes in dire need of counselling

If the season premiere is any hint, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is going to be a lot more conventional in terms of its storytelling and structure than WandaVision

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Does the WandaVision finale set up Scarlet Witch as the next big bad of MCU?

Is WandaVision an MCU origin story for Scarlet Witch the superhero or supervillain?

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Cherry movie review: Tom Holland spirals into addiction and crime in Russo brothers’ tortuous slog

Tom Holland uses all of his physicality to evoke the inner conflict of Cherry's shifting moral compass in his descent into drugs and crime. Pass marks for trying to expand dramatic range, but Holland is disastrously miscast here.

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Raya and the Last Dragon movie review: Disney's Warrior Princess and the Fellowship of the MacGuffin

Disney adds a winsome Southeast Asian warrior princess to its roster with Raya and the Last Dragon

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Shirley movie review: Elisabeth Moss enthrals in probing anti-biopic of a tortured genius

Spellbound in the hazy limbo of Shirley's psychodrama, it becomes near impossible to separate the art from the artist.

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Judas and the Black Messiah movie review: Lakeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya share spotlight in tragic tale of betrayal

Against the backdrop of a cold Chicago painted in chiaroscuro, the Shaka King directorial recounts the events that preceded Fred Hampton's assassination through the eyes of the man who betrayed him.

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I Care a Lot movie review: Rosamund Pike is delectably devious in a con movie without a conscience

Preying on the elderly is no laughing matter, but I Care a Lot proves there's no topic too grim to glean comedy from

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Breaking News in Yuba County movie review: Alison Janney’s black comedy soft-pedals satire with slapstick

Were Breaking News in Yuba County a series instead of a movie, perhaps we would have come to sympathise with Sue Buttons over time just like we did with Fargo's Peggy Blumquist.

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Sundance 2021: Five unmissable documentaries, from Flee, Summer Of Soul to The Sparks Brothers

Rounding up our week-long escape to the virtual Sundance, here's a selection of five unmissable documentaries.

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Sundance 2021: El Planeta, Pleasure, Judas and the Black Messiah — noteworthy films from the festival

To wrap up our annual Sundance coverage, we've picked out our five favourite narrative features that were in the spotlight at the prestigious film festival this year.

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Malcolm & Marie movie review: Zendaya, John David Washington fall prey to pent-up passions

John David Washington's Malcolm talks about how “cinema doesn’t need to have a message, it needs to have a heart and electricity.” Malcolm & Marie has some version of all three, but still leaves you oddly unaffected.

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Sundance 2021: Genre films that stood out, from A Glitch in the Matrix to Prisoners of the Ghostland

Starry studio projects and A-list auteurs aren't the lifeblood of a breakout festival like Sundance. Recent years have proven one of the best ways to break out at the festival is through genre filmmaking.

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Sundance 2021 first impressions: In the Same Breath, In the Earth, Knocking, The Pink Cloud, How It Ends

Mining the woes of our fluid reality, this year's line-up captures the dissonance we've all felt under long stretches of self-isolation.

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Misbehaviour movie review: Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley gatecrash Miss World 1970 in all-too-proper British drama

Despite what the title suggests, Philippa Lowthorpe's film is a little too well-behaved for a subject meant to be inflammatory and characters understandably angry.

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WandaVision blends together superheroes, sitcoms and suburbia in one marvellous concoction

Bursting with originality and verve, WandaVision is an excellent start to Disney+'s Marvel chapter