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Film: Marcus Berkmann reviews The Beguiled and Baby Driver

Arts | By Marcus Berkmann

It’s not just the luck of the Irish we should be talking about; it’s the luck of the Italians, too. Sofia Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola and cousin of Nicolas Cage, for whom every family dinner must look at least a little like an episode of The Sopranos, has directed a series of films that always win awards and get extraordinarily favourable reviews. But they seem to have died on the screen by the time I get to see them. Films such as Marie Antoinette and the ineffably dreary Somewhere showed that she has a great eye for a scene but little storytelling prowess. Fighting sleep is the viewer’s main challenge. Usherettes are issued with giant poles to prod cinemagoers awake at the film’s end. And so to The Beguiled (15), which has won the Golden Frog of Lisbon (or some such) and arrived bedecked with the usual four...

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