The Royal Hotel review: Welcome to the most dangerous pub Down Under... Warning to any parents of backpackers - this intense thriller will fuel your fears! writes BRIAN VINER

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The Royal Hotel (18, 91mins)

Verdict: Tense Aussie thriller

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Bottoms (15, 91 mins)

Verdict: High schoolhouse satire 

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For each those parents who person precocious waved their children disconnected for a year's backpacking successful nan clasp of Australia's Work & Travel programme, my beardown proposal is to springiness The Royal Hotel a tactical swerve.

My ain girl did that programme, moving for 3 months connected a 50,000-acre sheep workplace successful nan boondocks of New South Wales arsenic portion of a twelvemonth Down Under, and moreover though she's agelong since been safely location and remembers nan acquisition pinch affection (apart from nan attacks by elephantine slayer magpies), I still felt a dry-mouthed individual finance successful this gripping film.

The eponymous constitution successful The Royal Hotel is thing but regal. It's a grim, ramshackle pub successful nan Outback, serving a organization of hard-drinking miners, to which a brace of young Canadian women, Hanna (Julia Garner) and Liv (Jessica Henwick), are sent by a W&T counsellor successful Sydney pinch nan glib but ominous warning: 'You're going to person to beryllium OK pinch a spot of antheral attention.'

We don't study overmuch astir nan women's backmost stories different than a fewer vague indications that they are some leaving thing down successful Canada they're keen to escape. Metaphorically, arsenic it turns out, they person simply raced clear of grizzly bears headlong towards nan jaws of saltwater crocodiles.

For each those parents who person precocious waved their children disconnected for a year's backpacking successful nan clasp of Australia's Work & Travel programme, my beardown proposal is to springiness The Royal Hotel a tactical swerve, Brian Viner writes

The Royal is tally by a dissolute drunk called Billy (Hugo Weaving, pictured) who gives them a fewer basal pointers successful really to service nan regulars, preferably pinch immoderate cleavage showing. After that, they're much aliases little connected their own.

The Royal is tally by a dissolute drunk called Billy (Hugo Weaving) who gives them a fewer basal pointers successful really to service nan regulars, preferably pinch immoderate cleavage showing. After that, they're much aliases little connected their own.

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When they inquire astir a Wi-Fi connection, they conscionable get laughed at. There are a fewer faint glimmers of kindness from Billy's lugubrious, long-suffering companion Carol (Ursula Yovich), but nan indulgent pampering stops there.

As they statesman their jobs moving down nan bar, their predecessors, a brace of promiscuous English girls, are preparing to leave. On their past night, these 2 are arsenic raucously inebriated arsenic nan roughest of nan punters. 'That'll beryllium america successful a fewer weeks,' says Liv. It is meant arsenic reassurance.

Chalked connected a blackboard extracurricular nan hotel, supra a crudely drawn brace of breasts, is simply a connection drafting attraction to their arrival: 'Fresh Meat'. For Hanna, that and nan unreconstructed behaviour of nan patrons, quickly rings siren bells: she wants to leave. But Liv doesn't deliberation there's thing superior to interest about.

Besides, there's obscurity to spell and nan adjacent autobus isn't owed for days. From this uncomfortable yet reasonably prosaic situation, head and co-writer Kitty Green adroitly constructs a communicative of mounting hostility and dread. Cleverly, she keeps america guessing arsenic to nan top threat to nan women's safety.

Is it nan owner, Billy, who thinks thing of calling them nan C-word? Or Matty (Toby Wallace), who takes them swimming successful a h2o spread and has nan hots for Hanna? Is it nan creepy, hot-headed Dolly (Daniel Henshall), who obligingly rem-oves a snake from their room but past does thing sinister pinch it?

Hanna (Julia Garner, right) and Liv (Jessica Henwick, left), are sent by a W&T counsellor successful Sydney pinch nan glib but ominous warning: 'You're going to person to beryllium OK pinch a spot of antheral attention.'

Or nan strapping, simple-minded chap nicknamed Teeth (James Frecheville), who yearns for a day pinch Liv? As clip passes, nan 2 women go much acquainted pinch nan Royal's customers, much resourceful successful dealing pinch them. But nan dangers persist, so intensify. 'I'm frightened of everyone and everything successful this place,' says Hanna, moreover arsenic she acquires nan assurance to eject unruly drinkers.

At a taut 91 minutes, its magnitude a ridicule to each those board who would return different half-hour astatine slightest to show nan story, this is simply a tremendously accomplished thriller. And nan acting is superb crossed nan board, but particularly from Garner, teaming up again triumphantly pinch Green aft their good activity together successful The Assistant (2019), different communicative of monstrous antheral behaviour.

All things considered, this isn't a bully week for nan antheral of nan species, cinematically speaking (see besides How To Have Sex, reviewed right). We chaps get a due pounding, too, successful Bottoms, a snappy, foul-mouthed, funny, sometimes convulsive and supra each non-heterosexual subversion of each those acquainted U.S. precocious schoolhouse comedies astir dishy quarterbacks and sexy cheerleaders. 

It is directed and co-written by Emma Seligman, whose 2020 debut characteristic Shiva Baby I really enjoyed. Bottoms offers further grounds of her talent. The story's protagonists are lesbian champion friends Josie (Ayo Edebiri, from nan awesome TV play The Bear), and PJ (Rachel Sennott).

The brace commencement a conflict nine astatine Rockbridge High, ostensibly to empower their female classmates by school them self-defence, though really they conscionable want to go wildly celebrated and seduce those sexy cheerleaders.

Bottoms is simply a snappy, foul-mouthed, funny, sometimes convulsive and supra each non-heterosexual subversion of each those acquainted U.S. precocious schoolhouse comedies astir dishy quarterbacks and sexy cheerleaders. (L-R) Virginia Tucker arsenic Stella Rebecca, Kaia Gerber arsenic Brittany and Havana Rose Liu arsenic Isabel

One of them is played by 22-year-old Kaia Gerber, girl of supermodel Cindy Crawford. The boys, meanwhile, are a preposterous bunch, either dim aliases conniving aliases both. The astir risible of them is nan schoolhouse hunk, Jeff (Nicholas Galitzine), a cherishably mischievous parody of each schoolhouse hunk you've ever seen successful nan movies.

Just occasionally nan parody falls flat, making Bottoms a hit-and-miss comedy, but nan hits much than compensate for nan misses, and nan climactic shot lucifer betwixt Rockbridge and their fiercest rivals is simply a joyously silly mickey-take of a hallowed American tradition, which made maine laughter retired loud.

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How To Have Sex (15, 91 mins, HHHHI) doesn't autumn into that trap, to nan awesome in installments of first-time writer-director Molly Manning Walker.

Her movie follows 3 teenage girls to a Greek formation resort, nan benignant of spot that astir of america would tally screaming from, but high-spirited 16-year-olds, released from their GCSEs, tally screaming towards.

Tara (the rather superb Mia McKenna-Bruce, pictured above) is nan slightest 'worldly' of nan trio, meaning she's ne'er had sex. The different 2 promote her to suffer her virginity and yet she does, to 1 of nan friends Yorkshire lads staying successful nan aforesaid hotel.

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What a powerful movie this is astir teenage behaviour, nan much truthful because it doesn't preach, it conscionable tells.

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After he has a changeable and returns from infirmary pinch nary memory, his boss's unattached, middle-aged girl (Michelle Fairley) deceives him into reasoning they're lovers.

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