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Paths of Glory review – Kubrick's first world war masterpiece

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9 December, by Peter Bradshaw[ —]
The horror of war is laid bare when soldiers face execution to placate tyrannical officers after their plans go awry

It is arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick's best film. Paths of Glory (1957) is now re-released for the 1914 anniversary: this brilliant tale of macabre futility and horror in the trenches was adapted by Kubrick, Calder Willingham and pulp master Jim Thompson from a 1935 novel by Herbert Cobb, in turn inspired by a real incident.

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Mel Gibson defends Nate Parker: 'I don't think it's fair'

9 December, by Andrew Pulver[ —]

Speaking at a Hollywood Reporter event, Gibson says controversy over Parker’s 1999 rape trial overshadowed release of film The Birth of a Nation

Mel Gibson has defended The Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker over the fallout from the latter’s arrest and trial on rape charges in 1999, which has overshadowed the release of Parker’s film.

Gibson was speaking at a Hollywood Reporter event that was timed to coincide with the magazine’s awards-season coverage, appearing with fellow directors Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe), Denzel Washington (Fences), Oliver Stone (Snowden), Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight).

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The 50 best films of 2016 in the US: No 6 Fire at Sea

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9 December, by Peter Bradshaw[ —]

As our countdown continues, Peter Bradshaw gives a nod to a documentary portrait of the wartime-like life of migrants to Lampedusa

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Europe’s response to the migrant question is the subject of this complex, mysterious, sophisticated and superbly photographed documentary portrait by the Italian film-maker Gianfranco Rosi.

It shows scenes from the day-to-day life of Lampedusa, the Sicilian island which is on the front line of this crisis. Desperate souls from Africa and the Middle East arrive there in horrifyingly unsafe inflatables every week; thousands die around its coast.

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The 50 best films of 2016 in the UK: No 6 Love & Friendship

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9 December, by Catherine Shoard[ —]

As our countdown continues, Catherine Shoard bows down before Whit Stillman’s revisionist yet traditional take on Jane Austen

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Remember how people get more cynical as they get older? Not Jane Austen. She was only 19 when she wrote Lady Susan, an epistolary novella, and though sharp social satire obviously remained a bit of a staple for her, Austen was never as drippingly bitchy as when young.

Even the spikiest of her later work contains some element of real romance: here, the concept is dead, replaced by naked backstabbing, cheerful infidelity, opportunist lust and cold, cold hearts.

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Kirk Douglas at 100: a one-man Hollywood Mount Rushmore

9 December, by Peter Bradshaw[ —]

Born the son of an immigrant ragman, the great survivor of film’s golden age – from Detective Story to Spartacus – celebrates his centenary today

“I’m Spartacus!” – “I’m Spartacus!” – “I’M SPARTACUS!” Every film buff knows that moment, every panel-show comedian riffs on it. A mob of defeated slave rebels in the pre-Christian Roman empire is told their wretched lives will be spared, but only if their ringleader, Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), comes out and gives himself up to be executed. Just as he is about to sacrifice himself, one slave, Antoninus (Tony Curtis) jumps up and claims to be Spartacus, then another, and another, then all of them, a magnificent display of solidarity, while the man himself allows a tear to fall in closeup.

This variant on the Christian myth – in the face of crucifixion, Spartacus’s disciples do not deny him – is a pointed political fiction. In real life, Spartacus was killed on the battlefield. The screenplay was written by Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted author who had to work under aliases and found no solidarity in Hollywood. Yet Douglas himself, as the film’s producer, stood up for Trumbo. He put Trumbo’s real name in the credits, and ended the McCarthy-ite hysteria.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr star in full trailer – video

9 December, by Guardian Staff[ —]

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland’s Peter Parker return to his Aunt May’s house (Marisa Tomei) after his Avengers adventure, only to find his teen routine and his new mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), stifling. In the new trailer, which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Michael Keaton appears as new villain, the Vulture, and fans get their first look at Donald Glover’s character

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Bertolucci’s justification for the Last Tango rape scene is bogus. It’s called ‘acting’ for a reason | Jessica Tovey

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9 December, by Jessica Tovey[ —]

Actor Jessica Tovey explains that without trust, consent and transparency on set, traumatic scenes can have traumatic repercussions

Once, before filming an intimate scene, my director sat my male co-star and me down with some Barbie dolls. She wanted to take us through exactly how we were going to do it on screen – how we would position our bodies, where the camera would be. She wanted to make us feel comfortable about something that is awkward and difficult to shoot by empowering us with knowledge about what we were about to do.

I’ve experienced similar care when shooting scenes of violence – when playing roles where I was kidnapped, assaulted, bound and gagged; ones where I had chairs hurled at me and had been thrown across a room. There were always strict protocols in place to avoid injury – but even then, when the camera rolled and my fellow actor performed with all of the aggression required to make their performance believable, my adrenaline kicked in. My innate fight or flight instinct made it difficult to remember it was all pretend, and as a result the experience felt close to reality.

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Jennifer Lawrence offends with story about 'butt-scratching' on sacred rocks

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9 December, by Elle Hunt[ —]

Actor’s story about actions while filming Hunger Games movie in Hawaii criticised as ‘disrespectful and inconsiderate’

Jennifer Lawrence has drawn scathing criticism for an anecdote she told on the BBC, about disrespecting local customs while shooting in Hawaii.

In a recent interview, Lawrence told a story about “butt-scratchin’” on rocks that are considered sacred to native Hawaiians, while shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2012.

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I, Daniel Blake sweeps Evening Standard film awards

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9 December, by Catherine Shoard[ —]

Ken Loach’s drama wins best British film, best actress and most powerful scene, while Hugh Grant and Kate Beckinsale take acting honours

I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s drama about a middle-aged carpenter recovering from a heart attack and trying to navigate the benefits system, has taken best British film at the Evening Standard film awards.

At a ceremony in London hosted by the actor and director Richard Ayoade, the drama also picked up best actress for newcomer Hayley Squires, who plays a single mother also encountering obstacles claiming welfare. It capped the evening by winning the award for most powerful scene, for its harrowing sequence set in a foodbank in which Squires’s character is so hungry she eats from a tin of cold baked beans.

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Snowden review – hair-raisingly taut and intense

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9 December, by Peter Bradshaw[ —]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an intelligent, alert performance as whistleblower Edward Snowden, in Oliver Stone’s best work since the 90s

The Social Network’s Evil Twin” could be one way of describing Oliver Stone’s expertly made movie: a tense, taut drama with heart-stopping moments – Stone’s best since his 90s paranoia thrillers Nixon and JFK. It’s based on the story of Edward Snowden, the US intelligence analyst who in 2013 went public about America’s spying and data mining: the global abolition of privacy. In some ways, the stories of Mark Zuckerberg and Snowden bookend this whole debate. The web put us in touch with each other and then put state snoopers in touch with us.

Related: Snowden the movie: Ewen MacAskill watches the NSA super-leak come back to life

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