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Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum—so why do so many film critics?

From screening Peterloo amongst industrial disputes to allegations of abuse, the film industry of 2018 presents critics with the sort of moral quandaries few seem ready to engage with

By Caspar Salmon  

A detail from the poster for new film Peterloo. Photo: Amazon Studios

Bohemian Rhapsody, the recently-released film, which charts the life of Freddie Mercury and the ascendancy of rock band Queen, was nominally made by Bryan Singer.

“Nominally,” because the director was very publicly fired from the project and replaced on directing duties by Dexter Fletcher late last year following a period of repeated absences from the set. Now, however, Bryan Singer has been reinstated as the official director of the film, with his name on publicity material.

Coincidentally,…

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